Walking Home: Growing Up Hispanic in Houston



This groundbreaking, mixed-genre memoir journeys from the soil of Texas farmland near Floresville to the shrimpers’ nets of the Gulf Coast, near Matagorda. Three generations of Hispanic families are viewed through the faith-filled lens of the miraculous and the poignancy of dreams never realized.  The journey continues to the mid-Twentieth century metropolis of Houston where what is done is as powerful as that which never happens. Join memorist Sarah Cortez as she broadens the definition of memoir to include the literary space of faith and the function of deep belief.

Dreams, memories, what happened, and what might have happened: of such hopes and sorrows are our lives made up. Here, in words which seem refracted through the stained- glass window made up of common earth and laced always with the transcendent, Sarah Cortez offers us insight after shimmering insight into those who have shaped her, as well as into the complexities of coming into her own multifaceted self-hood. Here is her world, caught in the womb-like alembic of the imagination, illuminated by the light of faith and the rich tradition of her Tejano heritage.
— Paul Mariani, Poetry Chair, Boston College & 2009 John Ciardi Award for Lifetime Achievement in Poetry
In this breakthrough, mixed-genre memoir in prose and poetry, Cortez invites her reader to sit by her side as she shares, with the intimacy of a personal diary, the seminal, poignant memories of the early years of her life. In the opening prose section, through the unifying motif of the radiant colors of a large, stained-glass window, she writes of family love, tragedy, disappointment, wonder, longing, and the consoling power of spiritual fulfillment, and she does so in startling, lucid prose as pure as the colored light pouring through the window. Cortez segues from one genre to another so artfully and seamlessly that the lean, skillfully executed poems appear a natural, intensified extension of the luminous prose.
— Larry D. Thomas, 2008 Texas Poet Laureate & Member, Texas Institute of Letters

Product Details

  • ISBN:  1933896833
  • ISBN-13:  978-1933896830
  • Format:  Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Review Press
  • Pub. Date: August 2012
  • Edition Description:1st