Headlines across the U.S. reveal a growing rift between Latinos and the mainstream population. A majority of Non-Hispanic Whites favor Arizona's controversial immigration law, SB1070. Among Latinos, it's just as strongly opposed. With more states proposing copycat immigration laws and politicians calling for the repeal of birthright citizenship for children of the undocumented, tensions are mounting in the emotionally-charged immigration debate. What are the consequences of these divisive laws at a time when the FBI reports a surge in armed right-wing extremist groups and Latinos have become the number one victims of hate crimes? That's a one of the major themes in HOUSE DIVIDED, the second novel by award-winning author Raul Ramos y Sanchez.
In the sequel to the critically-acclaimed AMERICA LIBRE, Ramos gives us HOUSE DIVIDED, the continuing saga of ex-GI Manolo Suarez, a man struggling to keep his family intact in a near-future Los Angeles torn by a violent ethnic conflict. It's a conflict whose causes lie in the headlines of today.
"Given the climate of anger being stoked by sensation-addicted talking heads in the media, the possibility of organized political terror against Latinos becomes very real," said the author. "Under a growing threat of violence, it would not take a great stretch of the imagination to see a large number of Latinos becoming radicalized enough to support a separatist movement. In that nightmare future, the U.S. would find itself mired in ethnic unrest that flares into violence like that of the Chechens in Russia, the Basques in Spain, the Tamils in Sri Lanka, the Palestinians in Israel and the mother of all ethnic conflicts, the Balkans."
Why did he choose such a dire scenario to make his point? "I've put blood on the streets in a work of fiction in hopes of avoiding that nightmare in real life," Ramos explained.
Many readers and critics have embraced the author's novels as visionary and humane. "Raul Ramos's gripping novel raises questions about where we're headed on this divide that we ignore at our peril," wrote best-selling author Ralph Keyes. On the far right, Ramos's work has been vilified. "This is a thoroughly evil book. It is hate and an invitation to cold-blooded murder in the name of hate," wrote a WorldNetDaily reviewer.
The launch of HOUSE DIVIDED in Southern California currently includes a book signing and Q&A session, a writer's conference workshop by the author and a series of community and media appearances.
February 22, 2011 - 7PM
Vroman's Bookstore - Book signing and Q&A
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101
This event will feature music by Max Vasquez & Friends