Posted on February 20, 2013
Rafael Zepeda recently published his book Desperados (World Parade Books, 2013).
Beef Torrey, Co-Editor of Jim Harrison: A Comprehensive Bibliography and Conversations With Hunter S. Thompson, had the following to say about Zepeda’s Desperados:
[It’s] an enchanting and captivating cachet, cut from Zepeda’s own Iberian legacy. It presents the reader with a zany romp through the hinterlands of the Baja Peninsula of Mexico and beyond. The story chronicles the son’s quest for his nomadic, manic, half-crazed father–as the 21st Century resurrection of the legendary bandito Joaquin Murrieta, who was Mexico’s Jesse James. Encountering a colorful array of characters along the way, “Desperados” is an arresting rendering of their adventures and escapades–a historical travelogue of conquest and surrender.
Zepeda is a Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. His previous books include Horse Medicine & Other Stories, Toa Driver and Selected Poems, The Wichita Poems, The Yellow Ford of Texas, and The Durango Poems. His poems and stories have appeared in many anthologies and magazines. He has received a National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Fiction, a California Artists’ Fellowship, and a Poets, Essayists and Novelists Syndicated Fiction Award.