Alert
Close

Join the Drive to End Hunger! Watch the NASCAR race on Sunday at Kansas Speedway.

Highlights

Open

2015 LIFE@50+ MIAMI

Miami skyline viewed through palm trees.

Enjoy fun in the sun during Life@50+, May 14-16, 2015

AARP-iPad-ePub-app

AARP TV

Watch episodes of AARP Live and other AARP broadcasts.

Most Popular

Viewed

Nothing has been viewed

Debut Novel

The Truth Bordering Fiction

An afternoon with Oscar Casares

Casares says that portraying this setting at the facility was the most difficult aspect of the writing because, while researching the book in October 2004, fiction collided with life: his 90-year-old father broke his hip and spent the next three years in two such places. “In most cases, when you're writing a piece of fiction, you're lucky enough to have that distance, that perspective to look back and understand what it means, but I didn’t have that,” says Casares. “I was living it as I was writing.”

As the interview wraps up, Casares mentions his plans to sell his new book—as he did Brownsville—at the H-E-B grocery store chain. The dearth of bookstores in Brownsville and South Texas, combined with his need to personally connect with the community, fueled his upcoming “mini-H-E-B tour,” as he calls it. In a handful of cities, fans can hear him read at local bookstores and attend book signings at the local grocery. “I wanted to take the stories to the people, as opposed to having people go find the stories in a bookstore,” he says.

And bringing his poignant story of aging to the people may help them come to terms with their own. 

These links are provided for informational purposes only. AARP does not endorse, and has no control over, or responsibility for, the linked sites or the content, advertisements, materials, products, or services available on or throughout these sites.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

AARP Bookstore

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

Cirque Du Soleil

Members save up to 20% on live Cirque du Soleil shows with their AARP membership card.

Member Benefit AARP Regal 2

Members pay $8 for Regal ePremiere tickets purchased online. Conditions apply.

Movies Unlimited

Members save 10% on purchases of DVDs & Blu-ray discs from Movies Unlimited.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.