Once More to the River: Family Snapshots of Growing Up, Getting Out & Going Back

Once More to the River: Family Snapshots of Growing Up, Getting Out & Going Back

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erasmoguerra By erasmoguerra Completed

“Like the howl of an accordion—half sorrow and half joy, wondrous and exquisite—these stories squeezed my heart.” 
—Sandra Cisneros, author of "The House on Mango Street"


In "Once More to the River," Erasmo Guerra writes a moving account of his boyhood on the Texas-Mexico border. 

An award-winning novelist and journalist, Guerra explores present-day political and cultural realities, and recounts the shattering loss his family suffered when his teenage sister was murdered. 

Told with lyrical prose and a reporter’s ear for the “Tex-Mex” language of the region, these stories capture the voices of South Texas. By turns humorous and haunting, powerful and tender, this collection is an intensely personal chronicle of tragedy and the triumph of survival.

  • border
  • family
  • hispanic
  • latino
  • memoir
  • nonfiction
servandortega servandortega Mar 28, 2014
Within the Latino culture this term aligned with "don't mettle in other peoples' business because your place is your own home."
therideoflife therideoflife Feb 23, 2014
I'm back to reading this again. I want to thank you for sharing this with us. Your writing shows the much diversity that is needed in this site and touching a tender spot in my heart, for it shows our culture in a wonderful aspect. :)
erasmoguerra erasmoguerra Aug 13, 2013
@whatheff Thanks so much, Jessica. Apologies for the belated reply.
erasmoguerra erasmoguerra May 05, 2013
@TaigeZhang Thanks, Taige. Glad you liked the start of these stories and my reason for putting them together.
erasmoguerra erasmoguerra Feb 25, 2013
@Poivree Thanks for the generous and kind note about the stories. I'm so glad you enjoyed them. Thank you!
Poivree Poivree Feb 25, 2013
I love the descriptions of this time and this place. It is vivid and the sounds, smells, tastes, people  come alive. I would like them to talk to each other more     Enchanting sense of place