Shame the Stars

By The Monitor

Beautifully written in García McCall’s inimitable, lyric style, the chapters — narrated by Joaquín — are separated by a wide variety of historical and fictional documents: Joaquín’s poems, letters exchanged by the teens, newspaper clippings, excerpts from books of the time, etc. With its list of recommended readings and a powerful essay by the author about the genesis of the novel, “Shame the Stars” lends itself to incorporation into English and history classes throughout South Texas and beyond.

This novel was my most highly anticipated read of 2016. It delivered. Read it.

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