DescriptionAn undocumented Mexican family living in South Texas is torn apart when a son inadvertently becomes involved with narcotraficantes in Daniel Pena's debut novel that explores contemporary issues of immigration, border life and international drug smuggling.
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In the Margins' 2019 Advocacy/Social Justice Award Finalist -- Judges "NACCS & In the Margins"
"Pea examines the symbiosis of the United States and Mexico and makes painfully clear the negative effects of international trade, legal and illegal. This is a notable and compassionate novel." -- Reviewer "Publishers Weekly"
"Pea provides a window into the struggles of immigrants on the border as well as the violent drug war fueling the migration. A piercing tale of lives broken by border violence." -- Reviewer "Kirkus Reviews"
"Bang is such a timely novel that offers devastating insights into how communities adapt to severe shifts in culture and society." -- Reviewer "NBC Latino"
"Daniel Pea's debut novel reminds me of a bantamweight boxer. Lean and compact, it is packed with energy, ready to land blow after punch after jab on any reader who dares to underestimate it." -- Reviewer "Texas Observer"
"Pea uses his prodigious gift for detail to take us inside the horrors that befall this family as a result of the fateful flight that started as a dare between brothers. Bang is a grim yet gripping debut that hinges on the desperate hope of its characters.""" -- Reviewer "Austin American-Statesman"
"A riveting exploration of a family caught in turmoil. [Pea does] an incredible job of capturing the state of fear that accompanies being undocumented." -- Reviewer "Chicago Review of Books"
"Daniel Pea wrote a wonderful novel that is not about showing us yet again the drug-dealing world. It's a book that carves deep into our pain, that talks about the burden of our origins." -- Reviewer "The Quarterly Conversation"
"To everyone who reads this novel, especially in a complex political climate like the one we are in today, Bang will resonate both in the public discourse and in our affects." -- Reviewer "Gulf Coast"
"Pea's character development makes them as believable as your next-door neighbor." -- Reviewer "Corpus Christi Caller-Times"
"What the reader is given is an inherently fascinating and vividly portrayed story revealing the impact of international drug smuggling on the innocent...Exceptionally well written from first page to last, Bang is unreservedly recommended." -- Reviewer "Midwest Book Review"
"Drug trafficking is real and it is heartless. I imagine Bang capable of igniting that same realization in the hearts of others who might have decided it acceptable to ignore. Despite the brutality and bleak inescapability, [it] is an honest and sympathetic novel concerning a family that has been torn apart." -- Reviewer "Hunger Mountain"