Living in El Paso, just a mile from the Rio Grande, Octavio is a skinny brown kid on the border, riding his bike out into the desert, growing up among those who live there and those passing through on their way north. Rituals of childhood and rites of passage are remembered as singular, dramatic events, moments of trauma and transformation with life-changing reverberations.
A Buzzfeed Best Books of the Year Selection in Nonfiction
A New York Times Pick of Books About What Life Is Really Like on the Mexican Border
"Solis shares his memories as a brown person on the border with a keen eye and an agile way with words...Solis hones each scene with striking sensual imagery.... In all, a beautiful, evocative, and timely expression of border culture for every library collection." (Booklist)