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By Oscar Casares

ISBN-10: 0316053325

ISBN-13: 9780316053327

In a small city at the Mexican border dwell brothers, Don Fidencio and Don Celestino. obdurate and self sufficient, they now needs to face the proof: they're previous, and so they have enable a family members argument stand among them for too lengthy. Don Celestino's good-natured housekeeper encourages him to make amends--while he nonetheless can. They secretly free up Don Fidencio from his nursing domestic and trip into Mexico to resolve the secret on the middle in their dispute: the family members legend in their grandfather's kidnapping. because the not going trio travels, the brothers examine it is by no means too overdue for a brand new beginning.

With winsome prose and heartfelt humor, Oscar Casares's debut novel of relatives misplaced and located radiates with generosity and charm and confirms the coming of a uniquely gifted new author.

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He was waiting for the caller to say something, waiting to see if it was her voice, when suddenly the line cut out. PART II 5 Near the far end of downtown, a street cleaner lumbered alongside the curb, whirling up a torment of dust and trash. The few drivers out at this early hour avoided the machine and the billowing cloud left in its wake. Most of the dollar stores and fabric shops would not open for at least another hour. By now the shopkeepers on the other side of the river were tossing buckets of soapy water onto the sidewalks in front of their businesses, sweeping away the dust that had gathered overnight.

Now he was the one smiling. He knew they were all around the table, he could feel their eyes on him — The One With The Flat Face, The One With The Big Ones, The One With The Worried Face, The Gringo With The Ugly Finger, The One With The White Pants, The One With The Net On His Head — staring at him and waiting for his next move. It all seemed possible to him, the waiting, the restless night of sleeping, getting up so many times until he couldn’t go back to sleep, waiting for the patio to open up, smoking his one or two cigarettes, and finally making his way into the mess hall when they turned on the lights.

One was a tall man with a long stringy ponytail who was sitting with his mother while she chewed her fried fish. The second guest was a woman in her early fifties with slightly tinted hair and a pair of gold-lined teeth. She sat with her much-older husband at almost every meal, sometimes ordering a tray of food for herself. Alongside the window that looked onto the patio, one of the aides stood in the center of a U-shaped table and uncovered trays for three residents, all of them twitching in their reclining wheelchairs that were more like upright gurneys.

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