Oscar Casares is an American writer, an associate professor of creative writing, and author of the book, Where We Come From.
Twelve-year-old Orly is forced during summer break to live with his godmother, Nina, in Brownsville, Texas. And this addition to the household means a new risk for Daniel, the immigrant boy Nina is secretly sheltering. Orly, Nina and Daniel are the trio at the heart of Oscar Cásares’ new novel“Where We Come From”(Knopf), and Cásares joins host Krys Boyd to talk about putting a fictional – though very human – face on life at the U.S.-Mexico border.
On this week’s episode, Oscar Cásares joins Clay and Megan to discuss Where We Come From, a compassionate portrait of life along the Texas-Mexico border at Brownsville and Matamoros, centering on one woman’s reluctant involvement with a human smuggling ring. “In some ways timely, this quiet, delicate book delivers a truly timeless emotional punch,” Kirkus writes (starred review). Then our editors join with their top picks in books this week.
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May 7th, 1964
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1 hour, 46 minutes
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