Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

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University of New Mexico Press, Feb 1, 2008 - Social Science - 318 pages
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Sam Quinones's first book, True Tales From Another Mexico, was acclaimed for the way it peered into the corners of that country for its larger truths and complexities. Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream, Quinones's second collection of nonfiction tales, does the same for one of the most important issues of our times: the migration of Mexicans to the United States.

Quinones has covered the world of Mexican immigrants for the last thirteen years--from Chicago to Oaxaca, Michoacan to southeast Los Angeles, Tijuana to Texas. Along the way, he has uncovered stories that help illuminate all that Mexicans seek when they come north, how they change their new country, and are changed by it.

Here are the stories of the Henry Ford of velvet painting in Ciudad Juarez, the emergence of opera in Tijuana, the bizarre goings-on in the L.A. suburb of South Gate, and of the drug-addled colonies of Old World German Mennonites in Chihuahua. Through it all winds the tale of Delfino Juarez, a young construction worker, and modern-day Huckleberry Finn, who had to leave his village to change it.

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Review: Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

User Review  - Richard Drake - Goodreads

No one--and I mean no one--should presume to speak with authority on Mexican migration and diaspora (whether within or crossing international borders) or on native or immigrant culture and community ... Read full review

Review: Antonio's Gun and Delfino's Dream: True Tales of Mexican Migration

User Review  - Nick - Goodreads

It is a relief to read a book about the border in which drug traffickers wait until the last chapter to make an appearance (and even then, they are Mennonite descendants living in Chihuahua). Instead ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Sam Quinones lived in Mexico for ten years writing freelance for a variety of U.S. publications. In 1998 he was a recipient of the Alicia Patterson Fellowship. In 2001 he published a highly acclaimed collection of stories about contemporary Mexico, True Tales from Another Mexico: The Lynch Mob, the Popsicle Kings, Chalino, and the Bronx (UNM Press). He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Sheila, and daughter, Kate, and is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He can be contacted

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