Join author, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, for a reading and signing of his new book, Barefoot Dogs.
An unforgettable debut of linked stories that follow the members and retinue of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile after the patriarch is kidnapped.
On an unremarkable night, José Victoriano Arteaga—the head of a thriving Mexico City family—vanishes on his way home from work. The Arteagas find few answers; the full truth of what happened to Arteaga is lost to the shadows of Mexico’s vast and desperate underworld, a place of rampant violence and kidnappings, and government corruption. But soon packages arrive to the family house, offering horrifying clues.
Fear, guilt, and the prospect of financial ruination fracture the once-proud family and scatter them across the globe, yet delicate threads still hold them together: in a swimming pool in Palo Alto, Arteaga’s young grandson struggles to make sense of the grief that has hobbled his family; in Mexico City, Arteaga’s mistress alternates between rage and heartbreak as she waits, in growing panic, for her lover’s return; in Austin, the Arteagas’ housekeeper tries to piece together a second life in an alienating and demeaning new land; in Madrid, Arteaga’s son takes his ailing dog through the hot and unforgiving streets, in search of his father’s ghost.
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There are few things more exciting for readers than discovering fresh voices—voices that tell us something new in ways that surprise us. In his astonishing debut collection Barefoot Dogs it is clear that Antonio Ruiz-Camacho is a young writer possessed of such a voice—or more accurately voices—because, although each is first person, every voice is distinctive, and utterly true to character. Initially, given the difference in the background and location of the characters from tale to tale, the reader wonders if or how they connect. There are the voices of privileged youth, some eager, displaying a belief that the world lies spread out at their feet; others innocent, in denial but too young to know it; still others simultaneously questioning their new reality and seeking oblivion. Adult voices, whether of wealthy women, of maids, or of men, are trying to make sense of the world in which they find themselves—and trying to survive. Which is a trick since they are connected by ragged threads of the violence that pervades modern Mexico, haunted, whether aware of this fact or not, by the aftermath of such violence on lives, even those lived far away. All of which sounds painful but in every single tale, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho fills you with such consuming curiosity about these people, their backstories, the why of what drives each of them, that you pant eagerly along dazzled by the narrative, wondering, sometimes laughing. Then slowly, as the stories stack up, the reader begins to realize these aren’t really stories at all—although to reveal the reasons would be to spoil something wonderful that they collectively achieve. Simple details resonate across the individual narratives, gaining metaphorical power, and connections emerge, gradually informing us—about a country, a way of life, and a set of characters you will never forget. In Barefoot Dogs, Antonio Ruiz-Camacho proves himself to be a young writer with a brilliant future.