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American Owned Love

Boswell, Robert

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ISBN 10: 0679432515 / ISBN 13: 9780679432517
Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, 1997
Condición: Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
Librería: Casa Camino Real (Las Cruces, NM, Estados Unidos de America)

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First Edition. Signed by the author. Fine and tight copy in fine dust jacket. Inventory #000150. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de ref. de la librería 000150

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Título: American Owned Love

Editorial: Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York

Año de publicación: 1997

Encuadernación: Hard Cover

Condición del libro:Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine

Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author

Edición: First Edition..

Tipo de libro: Hard Cover

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Robert Boswell has a gift for writing people into flagrant, discomfiting existence--as with the incorrigible Dulcie of his acclaimed novel of 1993, Mystery Ride.

Now he conjures up Gay Schaefer, a sultry truck dispatcher who is determined to ignore small-town conventions and possess her life--to make it "original, graceful, adventurous".  Separated from her husband of fifteen years, she meets him once a month at the Desert Oasis Motel for glorious carousing, but pretends they are divorced for the benefit of her teenaged daughter. Meanwhile, hanging around with the local basketball coach sends a strange charge darting through her chest--a casual affair, at first, that threatens to upset the balance of her carefully constructed life.

Gay's daughter, Rita, is muddled, pudgy, obliged to admit that she, unlike her mother, doesn't "know how to dress for disaster".  She doesn't even know whether it actually spells disaster when the river behind her house--the Rio Grande, chugging through New Mexico on its way to becoming the border--turns black, black as coal or oil or death, the night before she starts high school.

During the year beginning that night, disaster does seem to stalk Rita, getting more and more tangible, shaking even her mother's self-possession. It's got something to do with her best friend, Cecilia Calzado--and with Cecilia's brother Enrique, whom Rita starts dating, even though he's still in junior high--and with the fact that years ago Mr. Calzado had moved his family out of the shabby colonia across the river and earned the wrath of a menacing person named Rudy Salazar.

Love, under these circumstances--"American owned love",  as it were--can get brutal. It can even twist into something that looks a lot like hate--and then maybe, just possibly, back into the realm of redemption.


The title of Robert Boswell's novel, American Owned Love refers to the marquee on the motel where Gay Schaefer and her estranged husband, Sander, meet once a month for a pleasant tryst. "American Owned/Love Covers/All Sins/Couples $20, " the marquee says, and under it Gay and Sander contemplate the many faces of love. Their daughter, Rita, doesn't know about the motel, nor does she realize that her parents aren't actually divorced. In fact, there's quite a lot that Rita doesn't know, including the reason why the river behind her house--the Rio Grande--turns black the night before she starts high school.

The year following the river's inexplicable change sometimes runs as dark as the waters. Rita begins dating her best friend's brother, Enrique Calzado, but also attracts the attention of the violent Rudy Salazar. Meanwhile, Gay's carefully balanced life starts to crumble when she finds herself powerfully attracted to the local basketball coach. Rape, anorexia, and the uneasy race relations along the U.S.-Mexico border are just a few of the issues in American Owned Love. Through it all, love runs like a river, sometimes muddied and black, sometimes translucent, always constant.

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Casa Camino Real is a book store based in Las Cruces, New Mexico, 42 miles from the Mexican Border. We sell new, used,first edition and out of print books in many languages. We also serve as a Community Resource and Archival Center serving audiences of all ages. We are in the process of creating Museo de La Gente, an arts residency center, a resource library, a workshop & exhibit space as well as a venue for multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-ethnic literary, literacy, music and arts events for audiences of all ages and backgrounds in the borderland corridor. We host year-long workshops, readings, panels and arts events for the borderland, national and international community. We believe we can heal the world, one book, one cup of coffee, and one story at a time. In addition to books, we sell folk art, Mexican lobby cards and posters, vintage vinyl and cultural memorabilia in our historic adobe dating from the 1850s.

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