John Jaramillo is a Finalist for Latino Literacy Now’s Mariposa Award Best First Fiction Book

John Paul Jaramillo’s The House of Order is one of finalists for a 2013 International Latino Book Award in the Mariposa Award for Best New Fiction Book category. An award ceremony will be held at the Cervantes Institute in New York City on May 30.
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TUCSON, Ariz. - April 30, 2013 - PRLog -- "The stories we see growing up only continue as we raise our own. The House of Order is a collection of short stories from John Paul Jaramillo, associate professor English, as he reflects on family and childhood and growning up and striving to get something better for ourselves as well as our future, and reflections on his unique uncle The House of Order is an enticing read that shouldn’t be overlooked for those looking for a down to earth short fiction collection."Midwest Book Review

The House of Order ($15, ISBN: 978-1-937536-16-9, LCCN: 2011945742, 6X9”, 106pp)

#6 on the 2013 Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch (and Read) List

The House of Order presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and New Mexico. The collection of fiction follows the character of Relles "Manito" Ortiz. One habit Manito acquires from Tio Neto and his dead father’s family is the ability to push down pain and emotion. Abandoned by his mother and living with his Abuelos and Tio Neto, who’s currently between wives, Manito does not so much come of age in these sixteen composite short stories as he comes to terms with his family "crash sites," which stretch across at least three states, as far away as Vietnam, and that follow the Ortiz family over fifty years. Some of the stories are Manito’s, told in first person. The others he has to pull from his family, usually his Tio Neto. Manito grows up with little family context, unable to sort myth from fact, and abuse from love. He understands that being in a family is not necessarily the same thing as belonging to a family.

Southern Colorado’s Huérfano County infects the area, hangs metaphorically over the Ortiz family as isolation and abandonment. Neto explains to Manito that where they live, "deserted" means many things:

"It means losing a ride out to the lanes for work in the onion fields. Quitting school to work and contribute to the mortgage. Ignitions that won’t fire and friends who won’t come around.... Fathers who die."

The Ortiz family stories presented in "The House of Order" reflect heartbreak and bleakness, but they also mirror strength and resiliency. Manito does not simply recover painful memories from his family; he begins to re-envision them. It is how Manito finds his own way to manhood and a glimpse of life outside of the county of orphans.

JOHN PAUL JARAMILLO grew up in the Southern Colorado steel town of Pueblo, Colorado and earned his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Oregon State University. He is now an Associate Professor of English. His stories have appeared in several journals. In 2013, the editors of Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its 2013 top 10 new Latino authors.


has published over 50 creative and non-fiction books. Among these is Pennsylvania Literary Journal, a tri-annual journal, which has published best-selling authors like Cinda Williams Chima and Carrie Ryan. It is a member of IBPA and CELJ.


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