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The Boy Kings of Texas A Memoir



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Domingo Martinez lays bare his interior and exterior worlds as he struggles to make sense of the violent and the ugly, along with the beautiful and the loving. Partly a reflection on the culture of machismo and partly an exploration of the author's boyhood spent in his sister's hand-me-down clothes, this book delves into the enduring and complex bond between Martinez and his deeply flawed, but fiercely protective older brother. It features a cast of memorable characters, including his gun-hoarding, former farmhand Gramma and "The Mimi's," two of his older sisters who for a short, glorious time, manage to transform themselves from poor Latina adolescents into upper-class white girls. Martinez delves into the complicated relationships between extended family and the inner conflicts that result when the desire to Americanize clashes with the inherent need to defend one's manhood in an aggressive, archaic patriarchal farming culture. He provides a real glimpse into a society where children are traded like commerce, physical altercations routinely solve problems, drugs are rampant, sex is often crude, and people depend on the family witch doctor for advice. Charming, painful, and enlightening, it examines the traumas and pleasures of growing up in South Texas, and the often terrible consequences when two very different cultures collide on the banks of a dying river.

Author Biography

Domingo Martinez lives in Seattle, WA. His work has appeared in Epiphany, and he has worked as a journalist and designer in Texas and at virtually every periodical in Seattle, including The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, The Seattle Times, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, along with a number of other publications.

Table of Contents

Border Justicep. 1
His Favorite Placep. 10
Grampap. 13
Cursesp. 21
Vulgariap. 25
¡Oklahoma!p. 40
Gramma and the Snakesp. 58
Poo and Pigletsp. 64
Christmas with Grandmap. 70
The Mimisp. 85
Dan's First Fightp. 99
The Oklahoma Jonesesp. 105
In Which Mom Is Introduced to the Barriop. 112
Faithp. 122
Footballp. 145
The Artless Dodgerp. 155
Dan's Second Fightp. 163
Delta City Repeatp. 180
Room 124p. 191
Neighborhood Heroesp. 218
Cheering up Philippep. 224
Crying Unclep. 252
Afterwardp. 282
Sleeping with Monstersp. 288
DadÆs Warningp. 302
Dan's Second to Last Fight.p. 317
The House that Rock ænÆ Roll Builtp. 336
Bioluminescencep. 340
Homep. 358
MomÆs Storyp. 357
Originsp. 373
Cheatingp. 335
Cheating IIp. 390
Keep on Truckin'p. 392
Ten Years Laterp. 394
Dan's Last Fightp. 397
Settling Accountsp. 408
Epiloguep. 429
Closedownp. 437
Acknowledgmentsp. 442
About the Authorp. 44
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