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The Big Texas Read featuring Daniel Peña
November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CSTFree
November 16th, 2022 via Zoom @ 7PM CST
Up Next: We’re in conversation with Daniel Peña about his novel, Bang. We’ll also have a discussion on the craft and business of writing.
An undocumented Mexican family living in South Texas is torn apart when a son inadvertently becomes involved with narcotraficantes in Daniel Peña’s debut novel that explores contemporary issues of immigration, border life and international drug smuggling.
In the Margins’ 2019 Advocacy/Social Justice Award Finalist — Judges “NACCS & In the Margins”
“Peña examines the symbiosis of the United States and Mexico and makes painfully clear the negative effects of international trade, legal and illegal. This is a notable and compassionate novel.” — Reviewer “Publishers Weekly”
“Peña provides a window into the struggles of immigrants on the border as well as the violent drug war fueling the migration. A piercing tale of lives broken by border violence.” — Reviewer “Kirkus Reviews”
“Bang is such a timely novel that offers devastating insights into how communities adapt to severe shifts in culture and society.” — Reviewer “NBC Latino”
“Daniel Peña’s debut novel reminds me of a bantamweight boxer. Lean and compact, it is packed with energy, ready to land blow after punch after jab on any reader who dares to underestimate it.” — Texas Observer
“Peña uses his prodigious gift for detail to take us inside the horrors that befall this family as a result of the fateful flight that started as a dare between brothers. Bang is a grim yet gripping debut that hinges on the desperate hope of its characters.” — Austin American-Statesman
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