Light in Rosadero by Jay Kristensen Jr.
Across the vast beauty of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, a young woman named Anna Tatevyan travels in search of her missing brother. On her lonely journey, Anna tries to help another woman in trouble, 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.
Publication Date: September 21, 2021
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