Before the End, After the Beginning
By Dagoberto Gilb
(Grove Press, Hardcover, 9780802120007, 194pp.)
Publication Date: November 2011
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These ten stories take readers throughout the American West and Southwest, from Los Angeles and Albuquerque to El Paso and Austin. Gilb covers territory familiar to some of his earlier worka mother and son's relationship in Southern California in the story Uncle Rock or a character looking to shed his mixed up past in The Last Time I Saw Junior while dealing with themes of mortality and limitation that have arisen during his own illness. Confronting issues of masculinity, sexuality, and mortality, Gilb has recovered and produced what may be his most extraordinary achievement to date.