By Maria Venegas
After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico from the us to go to her father, who's residing within the outdated hacienda the place either he and she or he have been born. whereas spending the next summers and vacation trips jointly, herding livestock and solving barbed-wire fences, he starts sharing tales together with her, stories of a dramatic existence packed with either excessive love and brutal violence—from the ultimate conversations he had along with his personal father, to his extradition from the USA for homicide, to his mother’s delight after he shot a guy for the 1st time on the age of twelve.
Written in spare, gripping prose, Bulletproof Vest is Venegas’s reckoning together with her father’s tough legacy. relocating among Mexico and long island, among prior and current, Venegas lines her personal lifestyles and her father’s as, through the years, a brand new closeness and knowing develops among them. Bulletproof Vest opens with a harrowing ambush on Venegas’s father whereas he’s riding close to his domestic in Mexico. He survives the assault—but years later the federales will locate him lifeless close to the exact same curve, and his daughter can be left with not just the tales she inherited from him but additionally a greater knowing of the violent undercurrent that formed her father’s existence in addition to her personal.
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