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The Big Texas Author Talk featuring Rubén Degollado

August 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


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Wednesday, August 16th, 2023 via Zoom @ 7PM CST

Up Next: Novelist Rubén Degollado’s The Family Izquierdo (W.W. Norton, 2022). Moderated by Marcela Fuentes.


About The Family Izquierdo

A Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Book of 2022

Longlisted for the PEN/Faulkner Award

A masterful debut that weaves together the lives of three generations of a Mexican American family bound by love, and a curse.

The tight-knit Izquierdo family is grappling with misfortunes none of them can explain. Their beloved patriarch has suffered from an emotional collapse and is dying; eldest son Gonzalo’s marriage is falling apart; daughter Dina, beleaguered by the fear that her nightmares are real, is a shut-in. When Gonzalo digs up a strange object in the backyard of the family home, the Izquierdos take it as proof that a jealous neighbor has cursed them—could this be the reason for all their troubles? As the Izquierdos face a distressing present and an uncertain future, they are sustained by the blood that binds them, a divine presence, and an abiding love for one another. Told in a series of soulful voices brimming with warmth and humor, The Family Izquierdo is a tender narrative of a family at a turning point.

Rubén Degollado is an educator from Texas and the author of The Family Izquierdo: A Novel and the young adult novel Throw. His fiction has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Image.
Visit www.rubendegollado.com

Marcela Fuentes is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer and essayist. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was the 2016-2017 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Texas Highways Magazine, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Texas Christian University. She was born and raised in Del Rio, Texas.

Her debut novel MALAS (June 2024) and linked story collection MY HEART HAS MORE ROOMS THAN A WHOREHOUSE (Summer, 2025) are forthcoming from Viking Books.


August 16, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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