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Arte Público Press July 2016 Author of the Month: Joe Jiménez

Seventeen-year-old Abraham’s parents are long gone and despite his grandmother’s best efforts, he can’t seem to control or manage his anger, his isolation or his fists.


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July 2016 Arte Público Press Author of the Month Joe Jiménez, author of Bloodline

In his new book Bloodline, poet, teacher and first time novelist Joe Jiménez portrays starkly contrasting characters and character traits – love, dedication and patience clash with selfishness, entitlement and immaturity.

Seventeen-year-old Abraham is emotionally isolated and angry. His father died mysteriously when he was younger and his mother left soon after. Despite his grandmother's love and attention, Abraham's frustration leads directly to fighting in school and the risk of permanent suspension.

Abraham shares absent parent status with his lovely and surprisingly mature fellow student Ophelia. While she (like everyone else) advises him to stop fighting, she seems fascinated by his violent nature – frequently asking him "how does it feel to be hit?"

Abraham's grandmother feels that he needs a male role model. Reluctantly, she invites her son (Abraham's Uncle Claudio) to move back into her house. Unfortunately, Claudio brings troubles and difficulties of his own.

Houston Public Media's Eric Ladau spoke with Joe Jiménez.

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