Borderlands: Short Fictions


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Grove Press
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5.4 X 0.9 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
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About the Author

James Carlos Blake is the author of twelve novels, including The House of Wolfe and The Rules of Wolfe. He is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and a recipient of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for In the Rogue Blood. He was born in Mexico, raised in Texas, and now lives in Arizona.


Praise for Borderlands

"No fiction written by a Texan these days is as violent as James Carlos Blake's. He likes it that way, and he's not the only one . . . His fiction is polished and well researched, and the execution of his talent has grown with each book . . . Blake . . . stands among the best explorers of our lost frontier."--Texas Monthly

"James Carlos Blake writes novels about violent men living in violent times. His stories take the reader into a whirlwind of war, revolution, crime, and dark mayhem in an environment where civilization is either absent or fighting a losing battle with the wilderness and the men who thrive in such places. The violence is sudden and inevitable and unredeeming. Think of Sam Peckinpah movies. Think of a night in the Everglades during alligator mating season."--Austin Chronicle

"Again mining the territory of bleak lives on the fringes of society, Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winner Blake has crafted seven short stories and a novella about people surviving in the merciless borderlands dividing Mexico and the U.S. . . . The complexity of border culture is graphically drawn, with its omnipresent threats of la migra, unemployment, bigotry and despair . . . Blake writes with a fearless precision and a ruthless sensibility, his prose is spare and tough, and his descriptions detailed and cinematic. This is gritty, raw, bare-knuckled fiction, blazing with an extraordinary kind of violence."--Publishers Weekly

"The centerpiece of the collection, the novella, 'Texas Woman Blues, ' is a grim little masterpiece."--Rocky Mountain News

"Blake's talent is obvious."--Library Journal