Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence

Award-winning Anthology of Essays Edited by Sarah Cortez and Sergio Troncoso

  • Winner of the 2014 International Latino Book Award in the Best Spanish or Bilingual Latino Focused Nonfiction Book category;
  • Winner of the 2013 Southwest Book Award;
  • Finalist for the 2013 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Award – Adult Nonfiction Anthology.

With a foreword by renowned novelist Rolando Hinojosa and comprised of personal essays about the impact of drug violence on life and culture along the U.S.-Mexico border, the anthology combines writings by residents of both countries. Mexican authors Liliana Blum, Lolita Bosch, Diego Osorno and Maria Socorro Tabuenca write riveting, first-hand accounts about the clashes between the drug cartels and citizens' attempts to resist the criminals. American authors focus on how the corruption and bloodshed have affected the bi-national and bi-cultural existence of families and individuals. Celestino Fernandez and Jessie K. Finch write about the violence's effect on musicians, and Maria Cristina Cigarroa shares her poignant memories of life in her grandparents' home now abandoned in Nuevo Laredo. 

In their introduction, editors Sarah Cortez and Sergio Troncoso write that this anthology was "born of a vision to bear witness to how this violence has shattered life on the border, to remember the past, but also to point to the possibilities of a better future." The personal essays in this collection humanize the news stories and are a must-read for anyone interested in how this fragile way of life between two cultures, languages and countries has been undermined by the drug trade and the crime that accompanies it, with ramifications far beyond the border region.

From Publishers Weekly review..."Oscillating between gruesome and hopeful, the collection "was born of a vision to bear witness to how this violence has shattered life on the border, yet is imbued with optimism"."

From Kirkus Reviews..."Nightly shootings, kidnappings, robberies and the discovery of mass graves - all these and more have put an end to a once-thriving tourist industry and a rich cultural exchange between those living on either side of the boundary.  Where there was once bridges, there are now high walls."

Product Details

  • ISBN: 1558857524
  • IBSN 13: 978-1558857520
  • Format: Paperback, 280 pages
  • Publisher: Arte Publico Press
  • Pub. Date: April, 2013