Names On A Map: A Novel

Paperback | February 5, 2008

byBenjamin Alire Saenz

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The Espejo family of El Paso, Texas, is like so many others in America in 1967, trying to make sense of a rapidly escalating war they feel does not concern them. But when the eldest son, Gustavo, a complex and errant rebel, receives a certified letter ordering him to report to basic training, he chooses to flee instead to Mexico. Retreating back to the land of his grandfather—a foreign country to which he is no longer culturally connected—Gustavo sets into motion a series of events that will have catastrophic consequences on the fragile bonds holding the family together.

Told with raw power and searing bluntness, and filled with important themes as immediate as today’s headlines, Names on a Map is arguably the most important work to date of a major American literary artist.

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The Espejo family of El Paso, Texas, is like so many others in America in 1967, trying to make sense of a rapidly escalating war they feel does not concern them. But when the eldest son, Gustavo, a complex and errant rebel, receives a certified letter ordering him to report to basic training, he chooses to flee instead to Mexico. Retre...

Benjamin Alire Sáenz is the author ofIn Perfect Light,Carry Me Like Water, andHouse of Forgetting, as well as the author of several children’s books. He won the American Book Award for his collection of poemsCalendar of Dust. Sáenz is the chair of the creative writing department at the University of Texas-El Paso.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.01 inPublished:February 5, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061285692

ISBN - 13:9780061285691

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“A rich, conflicting, and ultimately heartbreaking saga of a family’s loyalty and love for one another.”