PORTLAND, OR; September 21, 2021— On the windswept plains of Far West Texas, the town of Rosadero sits at the crossroads of many worlds. Renowned as a capital of postmodern art, the ruins of the Zaldos Pueblo haunt the edge of town with the mystery of a vanished people. In the evenings, unexplained balls of light streak across the prairie, inspiring the imaginations of residents and visitors alike. Home to rancher dynasties and descendants of the Mexican Revolution, the modern realities of the border sweep up all who find themselves in Rosadero. Outlaw drifters with romantic dreams, border agents at war with their consciences, refugees seeking sanctuary, and the family risking everything to provide it—this is where their stories meet.
Into this unlikeliest of settings, Anna Tatevyan travels in search of her missing brother, Jakob. A graduate student obsessed with the relationship between a sitting U.S. Congressman and an international crime syndicate, Jakob has vanished into the high desert without a trace. On her journey for the truth, Anna tries to help another woman also searching for a missing brother: Mariazul Bautista, a woman whose encounter with Anna leads to her arrest by the Border Patrol, an arrest that turns out to be a kidnapping.
An anti-Western about the American origins of global violence, Light in Rosadero is a reckoning with the dark legacy of the frontier.
Praise for Light in Rosadero
“With this fine debut novel, Jay Kristensen Jr. captures the heat and mystery of the great American Southwest. Written in the spirit of Charles Bowden and Luis Alberto Urrea, he gives us a harrowing story rich in history and vulnerable characters. A poignant, well-researched portrait of a place.”
—Doc Hubbard, blogger, The Southwest Dude
“Bright desert hues mix with dark unknowns…Light in Rosadero peels back layers of generational violence to reveal a frontier where fireball dreams struggle to survive amidst greed and injustice.”
—Mick Bennett, author of Beat the Blues and the Belmar Trilogy
About Jay Kristensen Jr.
Jay Kristensen Jr. was born and raised in Seattle. He has lived around the country and currently resides in Seattle. Light in Rosadero is his debut novel. Learn more at https://www.jaykristensenjr.com/
About Unsolicited Press
Unsolicited Press was founded in 2012 and is based in Portland, OR. The press strives to produce exceptional works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from award-winning authors. Learn more at www.unsolicitedpress.com.
LIGHT IN ROSADERO is available on September 21, 2021 as a paperback (292 p.; 978-1-950730-71-1) and e-book (all major retailers). The title is distributed to the trade by Ingram. The author is open to speaking opportunities, interviews with the media, and readings. Electronic review copies are available upon request.
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