Crossers (Ebook) ✓ Philip Caputo

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From the acclaimed author of Acts of Faith “A miracle You can hardly conceive of a affecting reading experience” Houston Chronicle a blistering new novel about the brutality and beauty of life on the Arizona Mexico border and about the unyielding power of the past to shape our lives Taking us from the turn of the twentieth century to our present day from the impoverished streets of rural Mexico to the manicured lawns of suburban Connecticut from the hot and dusty air of an isolated ranch to New York City in the wake of 911 Caputo gives us an impeccably crafted story abou. Mesmerizing blending of the past and present Caputo artfully alternates between the two Not sure which I enjoyed the tales of Castle s grandfather or Castle s present life but violence is the common denominator You know things are headed for a train wreck but surprisingly you think it might not be so bad Lots of plot paths I envisioned didn t happen and I was left surprised and satisfied with the ending Really not a thriller like Cormac McCarthy meets Larry McMurtry Lonesome Dove meets All the Pretty Horses Good imagery and description of the land The landscape is a character as well

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Crossers

T three generations of an Arizona family forced to confront the violence and loss that have become its inheritanceWhen Gil Castle loses his wife in the Twin Tower attacks he retreats to his family’s sprawling homestead in a remote corner of the Southwest Consumed by grief he has to find a way to live with his loss in this strange forsaken part of the country where drug lords have power than police and violence is a constant presence But it is also a world of vast open spaces where Castle begins to rebuild his belief in the potential for happiness until he starts to uncover. Blurbs from Jim Harrison and Robert Olen Butler may give the impression that this is a serious novelappropriately heavy elements911VietNamImmigrationSenecaare undercut by lightweight characters suited to a Movie of the Week from the 1970 slots of mini series regulars like the Porsche Progressive who learns Life Lessons by getting Back To The Landthe fiesty Pioneer WomanThe Single Mother with a Tragic Pastthe Latina SpitFire and many including my favouriteThe ToughTaciturn VietVet who is bitter because They Didn t Let Us Winbutas a vaguely familiarmindless BeachReadit s not the worst I ve ever read

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The dark truths about his fearsome grandfather a legacy that has been tightly shrouded in mystery in the years since the old man’s death When Miguel Espinoza shows up at the ranch terrified after two friends were murdered in a border crossing drug deal gone bad Castle agrees to take him in Yet his act of generosity sets off a flood of violence and vengeance a fierce reminder of the fact that while he may be able to reinvent himself he may never escape his historySearingly dramatic bold and timely Crossers is Philip Caputo’s most ambitious and brilliantly realized novel ye. The enormous malevolence of Sept 11 2001 still suats upon the imagination resisting our efforts to comprehend it Writers as various as Jay McInerney The Good Life Jonathan Safran Foer Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close John Updike Terrorist and Andre Dubus III The Garden of Last Days have tried working the events of 911 into their novels but most of these ambitious books were doomed to at least partial failure because our memories of the actual events retain an emotional immediacy that even the most skillfully crafted fiction can t approximateBut Philip Caputo s Crossers succeeds in part because it s about a man who recognizes that the imagination is inadeuate to comprehend evil For Gil Castle Caputo s protagonist the enormity of 911 is beyond grasp an insane act perpetrated by sane minds Castle s wife was aboard the first plane that flew into the World Trade Center towers and the senselessness of her loss has left him emotionally crippled After pulling back from the brink of suicide he decides to withdraw from the sources that feed his memories and his grief the home where he and his wife lived and the city where he worked and she died Castle who has made a fortune on Wall Street liuidates his holdings sells his house and moves to his cousin Blaine Erskine s ranch on the Arizona Sonora borderCastle takes this course not out of any mythic urge to move West in fact he explicitly rejects it It was important in America to move on to avoid living in the past That Castle supposed made him somewhat un American He could not help but live in the past it clung to him like a second skin And so he holes up in an outbuilding on Blaine s ranch nursing his grief and reading the Roman Stoic Seneca though he finds Seneca s counsel there is such a thing as moderation in grieving inadeuateCastle s grief will moderate though not without the hard wrenching away that produces guilt and pain because he is right about the inability to avoid living in the past The irony here is that the past that will intrude upon him is not his own but that of his family The novel begins with a story from the boyhood of Castle s maternal grandfather Ben Erskine who was once described as the last ember of the true Old West and as an adventurer a soldier of fortune and a lawman who put about twelve men in the ground the ones he didn t put in jail As Crossers intermingles the stories of Ben Erskine and Gil Castle it becomes a novel about the intersection of history and the present set in a place where as Blaine s wife observes things are like the days of Pancho Villa except now the bad guys ride Dodge Rams instead of on horses and bang away with AK 47s instead of Winchesters Cell phone on one hip pistol on the other The Wild West meets the twenty first century The Erskine family s ranch edges up to the US Mexican border a barrier ineffective in stemming the traffic in narcotics and undocumented immigrants Castle is caught in the crossfire sometimes literally between people who run drugs and people who run people between law enforcement and lawbreakers and between cultures separated only by a boundary made visible by the barbed wire fences that deter cattle from crossing but not human beingsCaputo gives us characters with credibility and individuality even though we can see the Western fiction stereotypes underlying them the Tenderfoot Easterner the Rugged Individualist Rancher the Woman Who s As Tough As Any Man and so on There s even a Man With a Mysterious Past known as The Professor who travels between the two countries gathering information I can t figure out if you re in this for yourself if you re a double agent a triple agent a uadruple agent or what says one baffled lawman I m an agent of history replies The Professor It takes a skillful writer to avoid falling into hokum with a character like that but Caputo avoids it narrowly He is a little less successful with his novel s villain the rapacious drug ueen Yvonne Men ndez whose son reflects The only thing he would not put past his mother was cannibalism Caputo takes the character so far over the top that the reader probably won t put even that past herSimilarly Caputo s plotting has elements of conventional fiction Castle s healing process is accelerated when he falls in love again and the novel climaxes in a rush of thriller type action But the book manages to rise above its generic elements Without any ripped from the headlines artifice Crossers gives us an intense clear sighted account of the times in which we live of 911 the Ira war the war on drugs and the conflict over illegal immigration Caputo succeeds in showing how our contemporary paranoia and homeland insecurity are rooted in the inescapable past


10 thoughts on “Crossers

  1. says:

    The novelist John Gardner put forth the notion that fiction should evoke a vivid and continuous dream In other words it sho

  2. says:

    Mesmerizing blending of the past and present Caputo artfully alternates between the two Not sure which I enjoyed the tales of Castle's grandfather or Castle's present life but violence is the common denominator You know things are headed for a train wreck but surprisingly you think it might not be so bad Lots of plot paths I envisioned didn't happen and I was left surprised and satisfied with the ending Really not a thriller like

  3. says:

    Maybe a five star rating is one star too high but I live right in the middle of the area where all this unfolds

  4. says:

    Blurbs from Jim Harrison and Robert Olen Butler may give the impression that this is a serious novelappropriately heavy elements911VietNamImmigrationSenecaare undercut by lightweight characters suited to a Movie of the Week from the 1970'slots of mini series regulars like the Porsche Progressive who learns Life Lessons by getting Back To The Landthe fiesty Pioneer WomanThe Single Mother with a Tragic Pastthe Latina SpitFire and

  5. says:

    Admittedly this is the first I've read of Caputo's fiction I did read Rumor of War decades ago I chose this upon learning of an upcoming publication of a new novel that shared similar themes with this one and found this riveting Particularly in today's volatile climate regarding the US border with Mexico Vengeance that spans generations and twists that ensue make this an exciting thriller but it also contains a

  6. says:

    This thing is only a little weightier than some throw away romance novel Way too much of the author's personal beliefs filtered through his one dimensional fictional characters This was sent to me by one of my book clubs and I had high hopes What a letdown From the Jackie Collins school of writing I imagine

  7. says:

    How many pages does it take to say that Gil Castle was hurting and sad? Obviously it's than I think it takes

  8. says:

    The enormous malevolence of Sept 11 2001 still suats upon the imagination resisting our efforts to comprehend it Writers as various as Jay McInerney “The Good Life” Jonathan Safran Foer “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” John Updike “Terrorist” and Andre Dubus III “The Garden of Last Days” have tried working the events of 911 into their novels but most of these ambitious books were doomed to at least partial

  9. says:

    This book is a combination historical novel crime thriller romance but one that is guy friendly story of personal redemption philosoph

  10. says:

    It’s going to sound weird but I have to describe CROSSERS as the FX network’s “The Bridge” TV series meets Steinbeck’s EAST OF EDEN The 2009 novel depicts a bleakly violent border region and contextual