El NiñoeBook - 2014
Inspired by J. M. Coetzee's Disgrace, El Ni#65533;o tracks the survival of one woman and a young, undocumented migrant as they journey through the no-man's-land of a remote southwestern desert.
Honey hasn't seen her mother, Marianne, in more than two years. She drives deep into the once-prosperous border region of the Oro Desert for a surprise visit, only to discover that Marianne has vanished.
Alone in an unforgiving environment populated with hostile locals, she meets Ch#65533;vez, a young "coyote" or human trafficker, who convinces Honey he knows her mother's whereabouts and agrees to take her there -- for a price. As they make their way through the Oro's brutal no-man's-land they are tracked by Ocho, a teenage bounty hunter determined to recruit Ch#65533;vez. And then there is Baez, Marianne's wizened Shepherd-coyote mix, whose death and life intimately intersect with Honey and Ch#65533;vez's search for Marianne and who tells the story of the Oro Desert as it slowly comes apart.
Told in three distinct voices, El Ni#65533;o is an intricately constructed and starkly written novel from a bold and inventive new writer.
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