During the time when stoop labor is needed by farmers in the United States you see them working in fields throughout the United States. Brown skinned people of South Texas jam into old vehicles and set out for places where they hope to earn enough money to help get them fed and clothed until El Patron’s cotton and vegetable fields give them a winter job.
Hispanic migratory workers play a large role in keeping us fed and clothed. Often times they are mistreated and abused. BASTARD follows one group of these workers from their South Texas homes to a Colorado beet field. Destined to follow this path of migration for generations, Hesus and his bodyguard, Juan, follow the workers before they go to Southern Methodist University to learn how to better conditions for the people of Tex-Mex heritage. In the same order as Sinclair Lewis’ in DUBIOUS BATTLE, the author hopes this novel will draw attention to the migratory workers of the Southwest. In addition this touching story of a family’s fight for existence should be some mighty fine reading savored with a touch of chili powder.