By Scott Zesch
Scott Zesch’s novel, Alamo Heights, is a fictional account of the conflict to maintain the Texas landmark. greater than easily a e-book on heritage, it's a tale concerning the humans in the back of the occasions. every one personality has a hidden schedule: Rose Herrera, the nature in line with de Zavala, desires to safeguard the Alamo as a logo of her historical past. to take action, she needs to struggle a corrupt legislator, a strong jap syndicate, and her former friends.
Alva Carson Keane, Herrera’s companion, protects the Alamo from an japanese lodge corporation as a way to erect a monument to her cattle-baron father. The struggle among Keane and Herrera springs from a false impression in regards to the origins of the warehouse, a conflict of egos, and mysterious occasions of their households’ past.
The girls’ conflict additionally represents a bigger clash among the Anglo and Hispanic cultures. Zesch’s novel addresses the assimilation of Tejanos in a racially divided, more and more Anglo kingdom. Herrera won’t permit Keane and her allies to ruin the Alamo and make a mockery of her tradition through construction a monument to the farm animals barons, a gaggle of people that overran her background and her kin. compelled right into a nook through her strong enemies, Herrera needs to make a few drastic offerings to avoid wasting the outdated convent.
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How kind, Madame Guenther. " For the first time the other woman seemed embarrassed. "Mrs. Herrera, you can see that I am not kind. Neither am I intentionally cruel. I just don't take time to disguise my thoughts in stupid pleasantries. I still have much work to do, and I'm running out of years. " Page 33 Rose couldn't recall ever meeting anyone who seemed so contemptuous of the social graces, or so distant and cool, as this woman. She wondered how a person could ever grow close to someone so determined to hold the world at arm's length.
He was late for the banquet because of an artist. That fact was especially galling to him. Artists made him uncomfortable, and he didn't mix with them as a rule. But on this occasion he'd had no choice. His employer, the Willingham Hotel Company of Philadelphia, had sent him out alone to handle every particular of its new hotel project here, including artwork. San Antonio didn't agree with Wilton Peck. He found it rough-edged and isolated. Beneath its facade of modern brick buildings were latent traces of its frontier past, suddenly surfacing in the form of a drunken fandango or knife fight.
She's fine. " Avoiding his glare, she moved ahead into the crowd, her rage over the wall renewed. She was aching to lash out at any city councilman present. He pursued her closely. "Damn it, Rose. It wasn't nothing. " But this was no time for a spat. Elihu Root was being escorted from the refreshment pavilion to the stately dining room. Mr. Herrera took his wife's elbow. " He led her toward the procession. This was it. The Root banquetAntonio Herrera's rite of passage into the circle of the elitewould proceed as planned, automobile accident or not.
Alamo Heights by Scott Zesch