Brownsville has ratings and reviews. Jen said: Levar Burton Reads Podcast was a good one. Should be called “How Mrs. Perez Got He. . Oscar Casares (born May 7, ) is an American writer and an associate professor of creative writing. He is the author of Brownsville: Stories and Amigoland. Short story writer Oscar Casares is celebrating a homecoming of sorts, returning to his hometown of Brownsville, Texas, after years living in Austin, Minneapolis.

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Diego tried to turn away, but the old man looked straight at him.

Bookslut | An interview with Oscar Casares

Z brought fried chicken again. Today you’re workingmen, hombres trabajadores. The summer and autumn months passed slowly until Mr. I sort of feel my form of activism is that by showing Mexican-Americans involved in ordinary things as I have always seen them, by normalizing them, what I’m doing is sort of showing the humanity of the group.

The old oxcar is a bridge now; it’s a major thoroughfare into Mexico.

The author was born and raised there and, as a result, this book is largely an authentic portrayal of the people who live there. Then they can’t go wrong. Who wants to buy fireworks from somebody who’s got a serious face? My wife said Bannert probably just forgot. Brazos Bookstore is hosting Casares Tuesday night and I might go.


I lived in Cameron Park, the poorest part of the city and one of the poorest areas of the country. When they were in front of his apartment, Ricky swung the truck door open. I think he got the idea, because he stopped coming around. He climbed down from the stepladder and turned towards me. The boys stared at the old man. Casxres Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

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His mother thought he was too young to be working until the stand closed, but his father said Diego had already promised the man he would work. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. So I wrote I don’t know how many stories, and four or five months later I quit my job.

And if there is some sort of political action to take, I think that’s going to get us a lot closer to it than showing the differences. Later in the afternoon, Mr. Ricky sold three packages of sparklers and Black Snakes. Sometimes I had to look in my notebook just to remember what I was doing two days earlier. Oscar Casares did a wonderful job using Brownsville, Texas as the setting, yet writing stories that relate to all races and all people, rather than just Mexican-Americans. Black Cats is the most popular firecracker there is.


I’ve lived and worked with gringos my whole life.

The achievement of Brownsville lies in its remarkably honest portrayal of these brownsvillle lives of people whose dreams and yearnings and regrets are at once unique and universal. Amigoland goes on sale Aug.

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However for those of us from the Rio Grande Valley the stories are vaguely familiar and warming. The second is about a man overly obsessed with a hammer borrowed by a white neighbor, and charts t Brownsvile life in the small Texas border city of Brownsville comes alive in this entirely pscar debut collection of nine short stories arranged in three parts. I had to wrap duct tape on the handle because the wood was splitting.