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A Rare Thing

Rudy Apodaca

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ISBN 10: 1468507230 / ISBN 13: 9781468507232
Published by AuthorHouse, 2011
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Title: A Rare Thing

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

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A Rare Thing is a story of redemption and forgiveness. In the small New Mexico town of San Carlos in the 1950s and 60s, a motherless Chicano youngster, Javier Jimenez, finds himself forced into an early manhood. The boy's father, Nicolas, a Korean War veteran, loves and cares for his son dearly. But as he drinks himself into the depths of alcoholism, he struggles through life wallowing in self-pity. Javier tries his best to cope not only with his own loneliness but the day-to-day hardships of living with an alcoholic father.  Into this setting enters Deborah Perkins. She moves into Javier's neighborhood.  Javier and Deborah eventually fall in love, much to the chagrin of Deborah's mother, who doesn't' share her husband's fondness for the area's culture and believes her daughter can do much better than what she thinks Javier has to offer. Tragedy strikes, forcing Javier to move out of town.  Deborah and he struggle to continue their relationship despite the distance and Deborah's mother's prejudices. Confused and unsure of his future, Javier leaves college to join the Army and ends up in Vietnam, where he sees his fellow soldiers dying every day. Reminiscing about his father, he must face his own mortality as he grapples with his own identity. Nicolas's spirit appears at a critical moment with words to give Javier strength. Contemplating the real possibility of his death, he reconciles with himself, gaining strength from visions of his father as a good man who had more than his share of bad luck. Javier comes to grips with whether he has forgiven him for his frailties and failure as a parent.

From the Author:

People I've met sometimes ask me if the stories I've "told" in my novels are autobiographical.  I usually tell them that in the pure sense, they are not, but follow it with somewhat of a disclaimer by stating that all writers I know or have met write about their own life experiences, which are then, either consciously or subconsciously, translated into the characters they create and bring to life in their books.  In that respect, I take note, I'm no different than other writers.

   The story in "A Rare Thing" grew over the years from my own experiences as a native and resident of southern New Mexico and from the people I knew who lived most of their lives there.  Although the story in the novel for the most part takes place in a small, fictional town I've named San Carlos, in the story, San Carlos is a town very much like my own hometown of Las Cruces back in the 1950s and early 1960s, when it could still be considered a small town.

   I once read that it is the fiction writer's job to evoke the emotions of the reader in the telling of a story.  It is my sincere hope that I've succeeded doing that with "A Rare Thing".

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