Carmen Boullosa: Texas: The Great Theft

The struggle over the U.S.-Mexican border isn’t a new problem. Texas had become part of the United States in 1848. Question settled, right? Ah, no. In the years immediately following the Mexican-American War, military forces from both sides were often deployed. The era’s invading-being invaded struggle is captured in Carmen Boullosa’s newest novel, Texas: The Great Theft. The story is populated with a variety of characters common to the time: ranchers, Texas Rangers, Native Americans, cowboys, saloon girls, runaway slaves, Southern belles and newly arrived European immigrants.

Boullosa, who has been called Mexico’s greatest woman writer by Roberto Bolaño, reads from and discusses Texas: The Great Theft today at 7 p.m. Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet. For information, call 713-523-0701 or visit brazosbookstore.com. Free.
Tue., Oct. 28, 7 p.m., 2014

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