Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston (Paperback)
This ground-breaking, mixed genre memoir journeys from the soil of Texas farmland near Floresville to the shrimpers’ nets of the Gulf Coast, near Matagorda. Three generations of Hispanic families are viewed through the faith-filled lens of the miraculous and the poignancy of dreams never realized. The journey continues to mid-twentieth century Houston, where what is done is as powerful as that which never happened.
About the Author
SARAH CORTEZ is the author of How to Undress a Cop. She has edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (2007); Hit List:The Best of Latino Mystery (2009); Indian Country Noir (2010); and You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens (2011). She lives and works in Houston, Texas.
“Here, in words which seem refracted through the stained-glass window made up of common earth and laced always with the transcendent, Sarah Cortez offers us insight into those who have shaped her, as well as into the complexities of coming into her own multifaceted selfhood. Here is her world, illuminated by the light of faith and the rich tradition of her Tejano heritage.”
—Paul Mariani, Poetry Chair, Boston College and 2009 John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry
“In this mixed-genre memoir, Cortez invites us to sit by her side as she shares the seminal, poignant memories of the early years of her life. She segues from one genre to another so artfully and seamlessly that the skillfully executed poems appear a natural, intensified extension of the luminous prose.”
—Larry D. Thomas, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate and Member, Texas Institute of Letters
"In Walking Home, Cortez offers a highly readable exploration of post-war America as lived by a devoutly Catholic Hispanic family. In the process, she provides a glimpse of something more broadly human: the attempt to live a meaningful life, or to make meaning from the life lived, including the parts not actualized in the ways we might have hoped." —Houston Chronicle
— Jill Carroll