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Camp Olvido (Paperback) (Lawrence Coates)

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Fiction. California Interest. In the California heartland in 1932, at a migrant labor camp whose very name means forgotten, a child's sudden illness leads to tensions between workers wishing to break camp and the land barons enforcing their contracts. Into this dispute Esteban Alas—contrabandista and self- styled businessman—is reluctantly drawn as a mediator, until an act of violence forces him into a more tragic role."CAMP OLVIDO is everything a novella should be—intense as it is resonant, propulsive as it is deep—but, even more than a shining example of the form, it is simply a great story. I haven't read anything as powerful about pickers and California since I read John Steinbeck. Lawrence Coates writes with every bit as much tenderness and compassion, but this moving novella—full of characters I won't forget and images I can't—is cut with a clear-eyed, brutal honesty that gives it a hard-won wisdom and beauty all its own."—Josh Weil"[A] stunning exploration of one man's bold actions and their consequences. Gorgeously written, the novella shows the dark side of California's prosperity, with violence and, unexpectedly, elements of the divine. A superb addition to a distinguished series."—Cary Holladay"I have rarely read a novella so rich, with the moral complexities of Melville's Billy Budd and the social and visual acuity of a film like Buñuel's Los olvidados... Read CAMP OLVIDO, a masterful work of fiction, as provocative as it is jaw-dropping in its beauty."—Wendell Mayo"In CAMP OLVIDO, Lawrence Coates paints a sensual and humane picture of life and death in a depression-era work camp peopled by Latino fieldworkers... showing not only the sorrow of endemic poverty and powerlessness but the love and good humor of a community that can endure."—Bonnie Jo Campbell
Number of Pages: 98.0
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pathway Book Service
Author: Lawrence Coates
Language: English
Street Date: October 27, 2015
TCIN: 50441115
UPC: 9781881163572
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-8943

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Winner of the 2015 Miami University Press Novella Prize, this starkly beautiful work delivers a sense of entrapment most of us can barely imagine. Esteban Alas, an opportunist who runs liquor to migrant labor camps in 1932 California, is asked to mediate between an arrogant landowner and one of his ...  see moreof Anonymous's review
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