The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno
TENSE, TENDER, AND HOPEFUL TALE OF FORGOTTEN U.S. HISTORY
During the Great Depression, the U.S. government illegally deported more than a million Mexican-American citizens to make room on the welfare rolls and alleviate unemployment for white Americans. Carlos Moreno is a young man who has known only hardship and poverty, chasing rumors of work across Texas during the 1920s. Pursued by a renegade Texas ranger who thinks he holds the key to a secret, Carlos takes refuge in “Little Mexico,” Houston’s colorful, boisterous barrio. He picks the worst possible time to fall in love.
As the U.S. launches its repatriation campaign, the ranger joins forces with Immigration agents to step up his personal manhunt. Now Carlos and his wife will have to rely on their courage and ingenuity to avoid a dragnet that will ensnare an entire population.
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George Weinstein has hit another home run with this book. His command of the language and use of imagery vividly paints a picture in the reader’s head.
– Robert Vitas
Though George Weinstein’s The Five Destinies of Carlos Moreno is set during the Great Depression, its concern for what happens to those living in the margins is just as urgent today. A love story wrapped inside a classic game of cat-and-mouse, this book is both a pleasurable and a highly relevant read.
– Susan Rebecca White, Author of A Place at the Table and Bound South
Another great story by George Weinstein! His writing always draws you in and his stories and characters are always memorable! I’ve read all of his work, and even though each story is a different genre, his talent as an author shines in each piece. To me, that’s a true storyteller.