Boy Kings of Texas

ISBN-10: 0762779195

ISBN-13: 9780762779192

Edition: 2012

Authors: Domingo Martinez

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Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author's boyhood spent in his sister's hand-me-down clothes, this book delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed, but fiercely protective older brother. It features a cast of memorable characters, including his gun-hoarding, former farmhand Gramma and "The Mimi's," two of his older sisters who for a short, glorious time, manage to transform themselves from poor Latina adolescents into upper-class white girls. Martinez delves into the complicated relationships between extended family and the inner conflicts that result when the desire to Americanize clashes with the inherent need to defend one’s manhood in an aggressive, archaic patriarchal farming culture. He provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. Charming, painful, and enlightening, it examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas, and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 7/3/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Domingo Martinez lives in Seattle, WA. His work has appeared inEpiphany,and he has worked as a journalist and designer in Texas and at virtually every periodical in Seattle, includingThe Stranger, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times, and theSeattle Post-Intelligencer, along with a number of other publications.

Prologue
Border Justice
His Favorite Place
Grampa
Curses
Vulgaria
�Oklahoma!
Gramma and the Snakes
Poo and Piglets
Christmas with Grandma
The Mimis
Dan's First Fight
The Oklahoma Joneses
In Which Mom Is Introduced to the Barrio
Faith
Football
The Artless Dodger
Dan's Second Fight
Delta City Repeat
Room 124
Neighborhood Heroes
Cheering up Philippe
Crying Uncle
Afterward
Sleeping with Monsters
Dad�s Warning
Dan's Second to Last Fight.
The House that Rock �n� Roll Built
Bioluminescence
Home
Mom�s Story
Origins
Cheating
Cheating II
Keep on Truckin'
Ten Years Later
Dan's Last Fight
Settling Accounts
Epilogue
Closedown
Acknowledgments
About the Author
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