By Oscar Casares
In a small city at the Mexican border dwell brothers, Don Fidencio and Don Celestino. obdurate and autonomous, they now needs to face the evidence: they're outdated, and so they have allow a relations argument stand among them for too lengthy. Don Celestino's good-natured housekeeper encourages him to make amends--while he nonetheless can. They secretly free up Don Fidencio from his nursing domestic and go back and forth into
With winsome prose and heartfelt humor, Oscar Casares's debut novel of relations misplaced and located radiates with generosity and beauty and confirms the coming of a uniquely gifted new author.
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He could hear his belly tightening and he was thinking that he might have been hungrier sometime between when the Depression hit and the year he went off to the CCC camps. The One With The Worried Face finally let go of his cheeks so The One With The Flat Face could strap on the cloth bib that covered the entire front of his shirt. The Gringo With The Ugly Finger puffed out his chest as if she were decorating him with a medal. Don Fidencio raised his hand when she came around with his bib. ” He picked up the end of the paper napkin he had stuffed into his shirt collar when he’d first sat down, ready to eat.
Clearly there was a problem: a pecan was not an avocado seed. And it was this enlarged prostate pressing against his urethra that was necessitating the frequency of his trips to the lavatory. He drew the urethra on the pad, placing it between the pecan and the avocado seed. The doctor explained that because of the patient’s advanced age, surgery was not an option, but there was medication that would help to ease the symptoms. The old man listened attentively, as if he were taking in all this new information, committing it to memory, but in truth he was only amazed how the doctor knew so much from sticking his long, delicate finger in there for what couldn’t have been more than two seconds.
The question got only a half nod from Don Fidencio and even less from The One With The Worried Face, who obviously had too much on his mind to be troubled with something as trivial as feeding himself. ” Only about six hundred times, Don Fidencio wanted to say. But he knew better than to acknowledge the question or to so much as look in the direction of the man’s left index finger, which was snipped off at the end like a cigar about to be lit. Don Fidencio pulled his walker a little closer to make sure it wasn’t sticking too far out into the aisle.