Daniel Chavez, Sr. is delighting readers and reviewers alike with his debut tale of a migrant family in pre-1920s Texas nearly destroyed by their tormented matriarch. As he illustrates with heartfelt prose, Texas in the early-20th century was an especially hard world for migrant workers, especially those new to America struggling to eke out a living in their new home.
Years on the road have taken a terrible toll on the Soldano family. The work, poverty, and ever-distant American Dream weigh heavily. Their search for a better life has become a Curse of the Gold Frog, an elusive, seductive, even beguiling treasure always that must be pursued—but which remains always out of reach.
Based in large part on true life accounts, Chavez’s enthralling narrative follows the Soldanos not just through their struggles for work reminiscent in theme to Steinbeck’s masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath, but into the psychological and cultural phenomena which made their existence all the more bleak.
Maria, the family matriarch, develops an unexplained power to move objects with her mind—what scientists today call telekinesis—
From a Comanche Shaman whose curse causes terrible damage, to a moment when Marcelino must save his children’s lives, Daniel Chavez has written a fascinating book combining tales from the history of his own family with important cultural parables that will keep their meaning for generations to come.
“At the heart of his stories is a message that family matters most, above all other aspirations,”
Daniel Chavez, Sr. is a descendant of the characters in his book, and the stories he has shared are but a part of the history of his family in America. Born in San Antonio, has spent his life both as a musician and songwriter, and working in construction and other industries. He lives and writes in Kansas.
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