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Voices from the River

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A book by Ricardo Pimentel

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Author: Ricardo Pimentel
Publisher: Bilingual Press/Editorial Biling-Ue
1 review about Voices from the River

Everything about this book is beautiful

  • May 3, 2009
Full disclosure here: I met Ricardo Pimentel about a decade ago, not long after the release of his first novel, House with Two Doors. I became an instant fan when I read that book, and I encouraged him to begin another right away. Alas, I had to wait so many years for his next novel that I lost track of Pimentel altogether (and in the meantime, it seems, he moved from California to Arizona). On a whim one day, I searched his name on Amazon and found Voices From the River. And what a find...

This novel is liltingly beautiful in every way--I loved the language, the characters, the plot. Truth be known, it is really historical fiction; Pimentel describes the life of Mexicans who leave their native country and try to begin life again in the U.S. Only because he has lived the life that he describes can he capture it so well with such eloquent prose. Though his 'day job' is as a journalist, Pimentel is without debate a literary writer, and I suppose that is the one drawback of this book; having been published by a university press, I doubt this book has experienced an all-out marketing campaign. What a shame. Well, at least I will be encouraging all my friends to read it....

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