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2012 Top Ten "New Latino Author" (Latino Stories)Notable Book by Southwest Books of the Year (Pima County Library)2nd Place: International Latino Book Awards Best Novel (Adventure/Drama-English)FINALIST: ForeWord Book of the Year Award-multicultural fiction (ForeWord Reviews)SYNOPSIS: Raul Luis "Ruly" Cruz is a young Mexican American who lives in El Paso, just across the Rio Grande from Mexico, home of his ancestors and some of his current relatives. As he grows from awkward adolescent to manhood, he negotiates the precarious borders of family, tradition, and identity trying to find his own place in the Chicano community and in the larger world. This is an engaging and moving story of growing up in a borderland that is not only geographical but cultural and psychological as well.

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