The 10 best California books of 2020
- December 17, 2020
- Hector Tobar, Chicano/Latino studies, Los Angeles Times, Dec. 17, 2020
The Last Great Road Bum. By Héctor Tobar. [UCI professor of Chicano/Latino studies] Tobar’s novel is a departure, and an innovation: the story of Joe Sanderson, a Midwesterner who ended up dying in El Salvador after joining the rebel forces in the country’s civil war. … the book asks trenchant questions about imagination, appropriation and where, or whether, we belong. … Set the Night on Fire: L.A. in the Sixties. By Mike Davis and Jon Wiener. Davis … and UC Irvine emeritus professor Wiener frame the city as a complex amalgam of communities and agendas ….
For the full story, please visit https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/books/story/2020-12-17/the-10-best-california-books-of-2020.
Related News Items
- Watch: Hector Tobar on how a novel can only be successful when it sees the whole person
- The L.A. riots were 30 years ago. I'm still trying to understand them.
- 30 years later: Héctor Tobar and Gil Garcetti reflect on the 1992 riots
- Can an L.A. writer be defined? We asked L.A. writers to debate the subject
- The Macondo dimension of South El Monte: Carribean Fragoza in conversation with Hector Tobar