Before the End, After the Beginning: Stories

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Grove/Atlantic, Inc., Nov 1, 2011 - Fiction - 160 pages
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Before the End, After the Beginning is a personal and honest collection of ten exquisite stories from Dagoberto Gilb. The pieces come in the wake of a stroke Gilb suffered at his home in Austin, Texas, in 2009, and a majority of the stories were written over many months of recovery. The result is a powerful and triumphant collection that tackles common themes of mortality and identity and describes the American experience in a raw, authentic vernacular unique to Gilb.
These ten stories take readers throughout the American West and Southwest, from Los Angeles and Albuquerque to El Paso and Austin. Gilb covers territory familiar to some of his earlier work—a mother and son’s relationship in Southern California in the story ‘Uncle Rock’ or a character looking to shed his mixed up past in ‘The Last Time I Saw Junior’—while dealing with themes of mortality and limitation that have arisen during his own illness. Confronting issues of masculinity, sexuality, and mortality, Gilb has recovered and produced what may be his most extraordinary achievement to date.

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Before the End, After the Beginning

User Review  - Lawrence Olszewski - Book Verdict

The ten stories this collection comprises represent the latest output from an increasingly recognized Latino author. The most noteworthy piece by far is the first one, "please, thank you," written in ... Read full review


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DAGOBERTO GILB is the author of The Flowers, Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Magic of Blood, and The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and the editor of Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature. His essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Essays. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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