The Dead Will Rise and Save Us
The Dead Will Rise and Save Us by Paul Pedroza is a collection of short stories set in the border cities of El Paso/Juárez with an array of interesting characters, which range from high school students negotiating their identities, homeless characters living in the San Jacinto Plaza, characters that navigate the border between Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, and more. This collection embodies life in the border in many ways, such as the bilingualism of the characters, the socio-cultural elements of the settings, and the tensions between the difficulties and beauty of living in the border region.
PRAISE FOR THE DEAD WILL RISE AND SAVE US
"The Dead Will Rise and Save Us, much like El Paso and the desert Southwest, is hazarded with moral complexity and unforeseen grace. Paul Pedroza's stories, the characters crawling inside them, will not leave you soon after reading. They'll remain beneath your skin and in your bones."
--Matt Mendez, author of Twitching Heart
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Pedroza was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his M.F.A. in Fiction from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work has appeared in Rattle, MAKE: A Chicago Literary Magazine, Palabra, BorderSenses, Confluencia, Inquiring Mind Buddhist Magazine, and in various anthologies, including Our Lost Border (Arte Público Press, 2013) and New Border Voices (TAMU Press, 2014). Currently, he teaches at New Mexico State University and is completing his first novel.
Paul Pedroza's website: paulpedroza.com
Cover art by Federico Villalba