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Two fiction titles published by EgretBooks.com have won prestigious awards and are receiving rave reviews, and a third title on writing advice launched in late 2013.
The Dark Side of the Dream, Alejandro Grattan-Dominguez’s highly-acclaimed historical novel, is a riveting story of two brothers and their families who migrated from northern Mexico to Texas shortly after the USA entered WWII. A son of one brother survived the Rapido River Crossing bloody battle in Italy and earned a Congressional Medal of Honor, but struggled after the war like many other returning veterans. The other brother led the first migrant farmworker strike in the USA in the fields of south Texas, which sowed the seeds for success during future farmworker boycotts and strikes in California led by Cesar Chavez. Sometimes called the "Mexican-American Roots," it focuses on three generations of the family as they try to cope with a new, often hostile environment.
The Iguana Speaks My Name by master storyteller Roberto Moulun comprises the title novella plus ten short stories, all in the genre of magical realism popularized by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende. The prizewinning collection of fiction is a powerful protest against the folly of war, capturing life in the villages of Guatemala during a time of civil war through Moulun's unforgettable characters. Whether they be doctors, spies, whores or charming gypsies, their beauty and their lives enthrall all of us.
Our third title, The Professional Writer: Getting Ideas; Avoiding Pitfalls, by Marsh Cassady, Ph.D., is a "portable writer's workshop" that reemphasizes the need to write well before seeking a publisher or deciding to self-publish. The book focuses on plot and character development, and includes practical advice on how to write query letters and book proposals; prepare manuscripts for novels, short stories and poetry; and format scripts for stage, film and TV. Cassady has led writing workshops and taught writing classes for four decades, both privately and at several universities. He is uniquely qualified to write the book because he has more than fifty published books in a wide variety of genres.