Tales from the Desert Borderland

  • Lawrence J. Taylor

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology book series (PSLA)

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About this book


Taylor brings an ethnographer’s eye, ear, and many years of experience to this fictional portrait of life along the US/Mexico desert border. In these linked short stories, readers are taken on a wild ride from San Diego to Nogales, into Mexican and Chicano neighborhoods, failed spas and defunct mining towns, rambling Native American reservations and besieged Wildlife Refuges. Along the way they will share the conflicts, calamities, and occasional triumph of an engaging cast of characters. While these tales treat such familiar border themes as drug- and people-smuggling or hybrid and conflicting cultures and identities, they do so with a literary flair that revels in the rich diversity of border life as well as in its ambiguity, ambivalence, irony and often unexpected humor.


borderlands US/Mexico Border ethnographic fiction short stories short fiction crossing the border power of landscape moral geographies identity migration

Authors and affiliations

  • Lawrence J. Taylor
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  1. 1.Maynooth UniversityCo. KildareIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-35132-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-35133-5
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