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Ue meaning of her existence these few years She wants for her son Her Odor First The strangest of the tales of a maid of the grandfather and the house once the children escaped The maid is a ghost who ives with the oldest son Jose as he grapples with receiving bits and pieces of his father in delivered parcelsBarefoot Dogs the final story of a son s escape to Madrid with his wife and daughter and his nonstop guilt over eaving his family and father The imagery is juxtaposed with a terminally ill dog they have rescued but cannot save Again so brilliantly poignant hide spoiler The patriarch of a wealthy Mexico City family disappears Kidnappings are common and the grown children most with families of their own do not respond to ransom reuests Pieces of their father begin to arrive in the mailThe family scatters eaving their home and privileged Cooking for Company: All the Recipes You Need for Simple, Elegant Entertaining at Home lives out of guilt panic and genuine concern over possible continued violence Ruiz Camacho sinked short stories takes up these ives in cities spread across the United States One son with his wife and child and dog winds up in Paris He s paying a ot of money for a tiny
Apartment In An Exclusive Neighborhoodin an exclusive neighborhood washerdryer in the kitchen both mystifies and depresses him but you have to realize that this is a man who has never before made his own coffeeSome family members are able to bring at east one servant with them to their new homes In Austin a young woman once a maid has been servant with them to their new homes In Austin a young woman once a maid has been go and is making her own way by working in a McDonald s Children as especially baffled by the changes although a pair of teenagers eft argely on their own in a nice Manhattan apartment are creating a world of their own That bit about making one s own coffee is the type of detail that could make these people easy to mock but Ruiz Camacho does not play situations for aughs America is a nation of immigrants right We play situations for aughs America is a nation of immigrants right We their stories These are immigrants of a particular class but their assimilation into contemporary American society has many of the hallmarks of other immigrant narratives only minus the poverty Still these are people who know there is no going back The one son who has stayed on in the family s Mexico City mansion ives alone with the ghost of this nanny This book has a uite interesting structure with several short stories being connected by one family hit by tragedy I iked the varying writing styles of the different chapters that often reflected the age or education of the given person This techniue made the stories themselves nuanced and held my interest With regard to the plots some of the stories were uite moving with their focus on oss and how to come to terms with change However most of them acked the special sauce that usually draws me into short stories and eaves me breathless or emotional at the end Overall the concept of the book is interesting but for the most part it acked the emotional impact that I expected An excellent collection that presents the reader with a kaleidoscopic view into an upperclass Mexican family tragedy Similar to Jennifer Egan s A VISIT FROM THE GOON SUAD in the way it combines narrative ingenuity one story is a single strung out 15 page sentence another is nothing but dialogue with the intimate examination of a singular event and it s implications It s not until the perfect final story that the whole collection ties itself together but it s well worth the waitHighly recommended 35 Barefoot Dogs is a slender volume of connected short stories glimpsing at the ives of a wealthy Mexican family after the patriarch has been kidnapped Each story is about a son daughter mistress maid or other relative displaced in Palo Alto New York Austin and Spain It is an unusual book subtle and thought provoking I was eft wishing for The patriarch of a wealthy family in Mexico is kidnapped and family members scatter to Europe and the United States in fear One son is eft behind in the family estate to monitor the situation These stories are Itsuka linked but not in ainear fashion and each family members situation is discussed in the storiesIt s uite rare to read stories of Mexicans or Mexican ife where the stories are of well to do characters and not just the poor I enjoyed reading these stories and rushed through them trying to find out exactly what has happened to the father Ruiz Camacho is a fine writer and I can t wait to read by him325 stars A good debut by an author with potential In these interconnected first person stories the extended family of a wealthy patriarch react to his kidnapping and the repercussions Most run to America dispersed from their family Ue unresolved danger from his abandoned homeland Gripping disturbing and moving Barefoot Dogs is a story about the struggle of a man who estranged from his home and traumatized by his past is trying to be a father after the oss of his own. Bout Mexicans in Mexico unless they re drug ords cartel kingpins and their enforcers the poor desperate classes victimized by them We almost never get fiction in English telling the side of that conflict So Anto I m very taken with this one I appreciate a book that forces me to ook at and evaluate things differently This is a novel comprised entirely of short stories An interesting concept and an excellent bookThe book about the aftermath of a kidnapping of a wealthy patriarch in Mexico City Jose Victoriano Arteaga A kidnapping that occurs page Because of the gang violence in Mexico this event has significant implications to the family They are forced to flee the country The book is a series of short stories of how this event impacted various members of his extended family view spoiler It Will Be Awesome Before Spring A young man planning his summer trip to Italy earns a ittle about how not so wealthy people in Mexico ive only to come home to face his grandfather s kidnapping The ead story is truly the beginning The family has not yet reacted This set the stage for how wealthy and privileged the Arteaga family is and how disconnected from the world around them An expose on how other people ive and function in an environment that they haven t ever had to even acknowledge existed until now Rousing start Okie Bernardo Bosch a 13 year old boy has recently and rapidly relocated to Palo Alto California from Mexico under secret circumstances No explanations are given He misses his friends cousins grandfather etc but his parents refuse to tell him when they will return His adjustment to America is slow and his social interactions are almost nonexistent Ambrose is a white girl Okie who thinks he s weird but befriends him His mother is taking swimming Fancy Strut lessons with him and it embarrasses him He acts out in ways that embarrass her so she will stop taking theessons This story goes into detail of the challenges of integration into their new Northern California: A History and Guide - From Napa to Eureka location and the difficulties of adjusting on the family especially when they are not aware of the circumstances of the relocation Bernardo is Jose Arteaga s grandson His mother is Arteaga s daughter The story centers on Bernardo s adjustment but very cleverly conveys the mother s adjustment and coming to terms as well This story also touched on the impacts upon the hired family servants one of whom relocated along with the familyOrigami Prunes In this story Laura the daughter of Jose Arteaga deals with her adjustment to relocation to Austin Tx In this story Laura an older woman has a passionateove affair with a young man while she processes the disappearance of her father Bittersweet tale involving dryers Laura is drawn so well here as a Unbreathed Memories lost soul Both odd and poignant One of the most emotionally affecting of this collectionI Clench My Hands into Fists and They Look Like Someone Else s Grandchildren Homero and Ximena brother and sister are mysteriously sent to Brooklyn NY ahead of parents They are trying to process their situation without much information or guidance They are also teenagers in the midst of growing up withots of secrets and confusion and no too much guidance at the moment A good story though not one of my favorites I think that Camacho is doing a great job of distinguishing the characters and the feel of the different places that they relocateDeers An interesting story that centers around the hired help brought to America when escaping violence is now on her own trying to survive in Austin by working at McDonalds Susy was Laura s maid now Laura has disappeared and Susy now stranded must figure out how to survive and still send money home for her own children As Susy arrives to work there is a police car there with sirens and ights blaring Susy s friends fear it is immigration and Susy might be in danger In reality a bear has broken into McDonalds and the situation finds her pondering her ife and the ives of her friends while they wait to find out if they have to work that day It also is an adventure that stirs her imagination away from the dreariness and monotony of her everyday ife as she ekes out a A Sally Lockhart Mystery 2 living on the margins One of the best stories in this amazing collectionBetter Latitude Jose Arteaga s mistressearns of his kidnapping and grasps with the adjustments that must come for her and her 6 year old son This story details the oldest son meeting his father s mistress and his youngest brother for the first time to tell them to eave Mexico City while they still can Some disturbing images and processes in this one as the mothermistress sums up the tr. Artín flees Mexico City with his wife newborn son and dog Isolated and homesick in Madrid Martín awakes one sticky hot morning uietly overwhelmed by the circumstances his growing aversion to his son the dog’s sudden illness and the vag.
Characters Barefoot DogsReview can also be found in my blog Dogs is a book that demands we relish every word and revel in its ephemeral nature It is a slender collection of only 140 pages of content that exudes sophistication and relevance The narrative follows the Arteagas a wealthy Mexican family who is forced to expatriate and abandon their ancestral home in Mexico after the patriarch Jose Victoriano Arteaga is kidnapped by a drug gang and all their All about Us lives face immediate peril Even though it could easily pass for one Barefoot Dogs is not a novel but a collection of short stories told from the perspectives of several members of the Arteaga tribe or people who had close ties to them such as a maid who had been working for the family for decades or the mistress nobody knew existed Theink between these stories is sometimes subtle but the haunting memory of the kidnapping and the feeling of exile that permeates all of them makes it clear that this is a grand family drama told in short form in stunning vignettesThe most striking feature of Barefoot Dogs is the elegant perceptive and evocative anguage At times I was struck by how beautiful and original the sentences were Titles such as Origami Prunes the titular Barefoot Dogs and phrases ike Laura s helplessness was wrapped in a thin Noni Speaks Up layer of arrogance are clever and memorable At a book signing event in Austin the author interestingly described writing in English as being similar to how we see when opening our eyes underwater So this strange and cleveranguage is all the impressive when one considers that English is the author s second Handbags and Gladrags language one heearned An Egg-cellent Easter! (Barbie) later inifeI am unabashedly a over of ambitious and sprawling narratives so when I read short story collections my brain naturally seeks to find a connection of any sort between them This book is admittedly not a sprawling narrative Thankfully it reads ike a very short novel than a collection of stories and I appreciated having a reference a very short novel than a collection of stories and I appreciated having a reference from which to experience all the them the kidnapping of the patriarch and the family in exileI will refrain from discussing individual stories in depth due to the short Wish Upon a Wedding length of the work But I will say that Antonio Ruiz Camacho wrote an impressively diverse set of stories that cover several themes and ideas and are told in varying narrative structures From stream of consciousness narration to stories told entirely through dialogue the writing keeps you on your toes and is executed expertlyThe family tree at the end proved to be tremendously influential in my enjoyment of the overarching story because I was uickly able to place a character in context of thearger narrative For example Laura from Origami Prunes is the eldest daughter of the kidnapped patriarch Fernanda and Nicolasa from It Will Be Awesome Before Spring are Laura s daughters though I would have never known if I had skipped the family tree These subtle connections are suddenly made significant and as a result I was able to appreciate the stories both individually and collectively Barefoot Dogs earns my most earnest praise and recommendation It is timely powerful fiction about a family torn apart by violence that is brilliantly rendered in smart and singular anguage As far as short story collections go this is one of best you l read in 2016 If you keep your eyes trained straight ahead you might be able to convince yourself that the horrible thing going on in the periphery of your vision isn t really happening That s what reading these short stories is ike The horrible thing and this isn t a spoiler is the kidnapping and torture of the patriarch of an affluent family in Mexico City The stories are all inter related each one focusing on a different member of the family including their domestics who are all forced to either flee Mexico City or drastically alter their ifestyles The book is short and you Richard Nixon: The Life ll be tempted to do what I did and race through it DON T Put the book down between each story and savor it I wish I had The writing is top notch It s hard to believe that something so tightly and nearly magically constructed is Ruiz Camacho s first book I mooking forward to many Sopick this up and experience the many voices of fear and grief Then put it down and breathe Then pick it up again ANTONIO RUIZ CAMACHOBarefoot Dogs StoriesFICTIONNew York ScribnerHardcover 978 147684960 also available as ebook156 pages 2300March 10 2015Reviewed for Lone Star Literary Life by Michelle Newby 4515 Most of the Mexicans we read about in the United States are immigrants maids janitors day I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! laborers and theike In this country we don t often read This story was originally published in Day One a weekly iterary journal dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writersAfter the violent shadowy events surrounding his father’s disappearance and his sibling’s disbandment .