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The Last Karankawas: A Novel
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A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

  • An Indie Next Pick
  • Named a Most Anticipated and Must-Read Book by BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Ms. Magazine
  • One of Washington Independent Review of Books' Favorite Books of 2022

    "Vivid . . . Garza's accomplished debut enriches the public imagination of this corner of America, and the communities within." —Melissa Chadburn, The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

    A blazing and kaleidoscopic debut about a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino American families on the Texas coast from a voice you won't soon forget.
    Welcome to Galveston, Texas. Population 50,241.
    Carly Castillo has only ever known Galveston. Her grandmother Magdalena claims that they descend from the Karankawas, an extinct indigenous Texan tribe, thereby tethering them to the land. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and all-star shortstop turned seaman, Jess, treasures the salty, familiar air. He's gotten chances to leave for bigger cities, but he didn't take them then and he sure as hell won't now. When word spreads of a storm gathering strength offshore known as Hurricane Ike, each Galveston resident must make a difficult decision: board up the windows and hunker down or flee inland and abandon their hard-won homes.
    Moving through the extraordinary lives of these characters and the many individuals who circle them, The Last Karankawas weaves together a multitude of voices to present a lyrical, emotionally charged portrait of everyday survival. The result is an unforgettable exploration of familial inheritance, human resilience, and the histories we assign to ourselves.

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    A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice

  • An Indie Next Pick
  • Named a Most Anticipated and Must-Read Book by BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Ms. Magazine
  • One of Washington Independent Review of Books' Favorite Books of 2022

    "Vivid . . . Garza's accomplished debut enriches the public imagination of this corner of America, and the communities within." —Melissa Chadburn, The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

    A blazing and kaleidoscopic debut about a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino American families on the Texas coast from a voice you won't soon forget.
    Welcome to Galveston, Texas. Population 50,241.
    Carly Castillo has only ever known Galveston. Her grandmother Magdalena claims that they descend from the Karankawas, an extinct indigenous Texan tribe, thereby tethering them to the land. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and all-star shortstop turned seaman, Jess, treasures the salty, familiar air. He's gotten chances to leave for bigger cities, but he didn't take them then and he sure as hell won't now. When word spreads of a storm gathering strength offshore known as Hurricane Ike, each Galveston resident must make a difficult decision: board up the windows and hunker down or flee inland and abandon their hard-won homes.
    Moving through the extraordinary lives of these characters and the many individuals who circle them, The Last Karankawas weaves together a multitude of voices to present a lyrical, emotionally charged portrait of everyday survival. The result is an unforgettable exploration of familial inheritance, human resilience, and the histories we assign to ourselves.

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          March 1, 2022

          Descended from the Karankawas, an Indigenous people of southern Texas, Carly Castillo calls Galveston home but still wants to leave; her parents' abandonment will reverberate painfully as long as she stays there. But boyfriend Jess Rivera, now a seaman, prefers to remain. As friends, family, and coworkers circle this couple, Hurricane Ike looms ferociously on the horizon. With a 75,000-copy first printing.

          Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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          June 20, 2022
          Garza debuts with an accomplished account of the ties between members of a Galveston, Tex., Filipino and Mexican community as they prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Though there are many connected accounts from different points of view, the narrative centers on Carly Castillo, who longs to leave Galveston. After Carly’s mother returned to the Philippines without her, Carly was raised by her grandmother Magdalena, who is now declining from dementia. Magdalena tells her they’re the descendants of the Karankawa Indigenous tribe, trying to impart a tie to Galveston even as Carly longs to explore life elsewhere. Carly’s boyfriend, Jess Rivera, a promising baseball player, helps support his family by working with local fisherman Vinh Pham. Since his father was incarcerated, Jess’s mother rarely leaves the house, and the matriarch role has fallen to the eldest of his four sisters, Yvonne. Though readers might have trouble keeping track of the many characters, the strong sense of place carries through no matter who is talking, whether individual characters or a chorus of Filipino church members who scrutinize Carly (“we are afraid that what we suspect is true, that she has a Filipina mother but no Philippines anywhere in her”). This is a worthy love letter to Galveston.

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          July 1, 2022
          Garza's excellent debut paints a rich portrait of the inhabitants of Galveston and other parts of southern Texas. The baseball prodigies, Jess and Luis, the former of whom has a drug-dealing father in prison, are but one strand in a web of interlocking characters. Throughout, Garza plays with voice, chronology, and perspective in a manner reminiscent of Jennifer Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010). The narrative moves back in time to accompany Mercedes as she crosses the border with coyotes as a child, and then zigzags from character to character, picking at the fabric of each of their histories. Garza also captures the effects of many real events. There are numerous veterans of the Iraq war, and Hurricane Ike looms over much of the novel. Written in lyrical, nearly hypnotic prose that makes the reader feel the Texan humidity, this is a brilliantly plotted, startling, and richly rewarding exploration of the myths that bind people together, generational traumas, and the remarkable adaptability of humans.

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          August 5, 2022

          DEBUT Set in the years, months, days, and minutes before Hurricane Ike ravaged Galveston, TX in 2008, this debut is itself a swirling tempest of a novel. Ostensibly centering on Carly Castillo, a young woman of mixed Filipino and Mexican heritage-- and, if her grandmother is to be believed, also descended from the Karankawas, an Indigenous Texan people until recently thought extinct--the narrative takes the shape of a narrative curlicue, moving forward and backward in time and alternating viewpoint chapters among friends, family, and even strangers in Carly's degrees-of-separation orbit. It's at once a city symphony of Galveston and an affecting portrait of why some people feel drawn to stay or return home while others feel compelled to run, to evacuate the state of their lives. The emotional palette anticipates and mirrors the impending hurricane, which forces more immediate and less abstract decisions onto the novel's memorable characters, who include an aged former philanderer who hunkers down while his sick wife is moved inland; an anonymous, specterlike former soldier; and Carly's dementia-addled grandmother, who believes age-old rituals can save the island. VERDICT Populated by indelible characters, this graceful, deeply compassionate work is a moving study of memory, the permeable boundaries it shares with myth, how it roils and folds and persists into the present, and how we are often forced to choose between learning to live inside it and trying to outrun it.--Luke Gorham

          Copyright 2022 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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  • An Indie Next Pick
  • Named a Most Anticipated and Must-Read Book by BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Ms. Magazine
  • One of Washington Independent Review of Books' Favorite Books of 2022

    "Vivid . . . Garza's accomplished debut enriches the public imagination of this corner of America, and the communities within." —Melissa Chadburn, The New York Times Book Review (Editors' Choice)

    A blazing and kaleidoscopic debut about a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino American families on the Texas coast from a voice you won't soon forget.
    Welcome to Galveston, Texas. Population 50,241.
    Carly Castillo has only ever known Galveston. Her grandmother Magdalena claims that they descend from the Karankawas, an extinct indigenous Texan tribe, thereby tethering them to the land. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and all-star...
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