Far from Gringo Land
By Edward Myers
Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547056302, 229pp.
Publication Date: December 2009
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Rick Dresner is spending the summer with the Romero family, who live in a barrio in the hills of Santo Domingo, Mexico. He'll help them build a house on their land, and in return, they'll provide room and board and help Rick improve his Spanish. But the construction project turns out to be a lot tougher than Rick had imagined. Language and cultural differences lead to awkwardness and misunderstanding, especially when he falls for a rich American girl from a very different part of town. In this new twist on the classic fish-out-of-water story, it's a middle-class white boy who's out of his element and must change and grow to adapt to his surroundings.
"Without bias, the author honestly depicts a rural Mexico that will give young American readers a sense of the good, the bad and the ugly, from the perspective of a young gringo."--Kirkus Reviews "...this quick and thought-provoking read should spark discussion."--Publishers Weekly "...it's a warm and unsentimental tale of a summer spent well for both guest and hosts, and of the way good people can come together across all kinds of divides."--Bulletin