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An afternoon with Oscar Casares

En español | Following the writer’s dictum to “write what you know,” author Oscar Casares, 45, has long drawn on autobiography to give his fiction the unmistakable ring of truth. Although a graduate of the famed Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he credits the setting of his native Brownsville—the southernmost U.S. city on the United States-Mexico border—and his storytelling uncles for inspiring his narratives. In fact, the seed for his debut novel Amigoland, which revolves around a much-contested piece of family lore, was planted in Casares’s youth.  … Back to Article

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