Coffee with the Author: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

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Antonio Ruiz-Camacho discusses his book “Barefoot Dogs”.

On a day like any other, José Victoriano Arteaga—the patriarch of a large, well-to-do Mexican family—disappears on his way home from work and is never heard from again. When strange boxes begin to arrive at the family home, his children are forced to flee. They scatter across the globe leaving almost everything behind while clinging desperately to their memories of a different time and place. The lives of the “domestics” employed by the family are also turned upside down now that they have lost their jobs and their home as a consequence of the family’s exile. Arteaga’s mistress must come to terms with her lover’s disappearance while struggling with the day-to-day challenges of raising the child who haunts her with his uncanny resemblance to his missing father—and his insistence that he has seen him. In their places of exile—both physical and emotional—each character struggles to adapt and to come to terms with the tragedy that has befallen them and changed their life forever. With courage, candor, and even humor, Ruiz-Camacho weaves a tapestry of stories that together form a stark and stunning portrait of a community and a country ravaged by violence. Through the story of one man’s fate as experienced by many, Ruiz-Camacho offers up a striking and unforgettable exploration of personal trauma, cultural tragedy, and the universal experiences of love and loss that reach across time and space, geographical boundaries and generations, and touch us all.

Author Information: Antonio Ruiz-Camacho has worked as a journalist in Mexico, Europe, and the United States. A 2009 John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and a 2014 Dobie Paisano Fellow in Fiction, Ruiz-Camacho earned his MFA from the New Writers Project at the University of Texas at Austin. He is from Toluca, Mexico, and lives in Austin, Texas, with his family.

KUT anchor and St. David’s parishioner Jennifer Stayton moderates this discussion.

By St. David's Episcopal Church 12/08/2016 01:46 PM

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