Debut novelist Daniel Peña will speak about his new book, “Bang: A Novel,” on Friday, April 13, 2018, at 7:00pm at Interabang Books (10720 Preston Rd, Ste. 1009B, Dallas, TX 75230).
Uli’s first flight, a late-night joy ride with his brother, Cuauhtémoc, changes their lives forever when the engine stops and the boys crash land, with “Texas to the right and Mexico to the left.” After the crash, Cuauhtémoc wakes up bound and gagged, wondering where he is. Uli comes to in a hospital, praying that it’s on the American side of the border. And their mother finds herself waiting for her sons as well as her missing husband, knowing she will have to go back to the country she left behind in order to find her family.
In Mexico, each is forced to navigate the complexities of their past and an unknown world of deprivation and violence. Ruthless drug cartels force Cuauhtémoc to fly drugs. Meanwhile, Uli returns to his family’s home in San Miguel and finds a city virtually abandoned, devastated by battles between soldiers, militias and narcotraficantes. Ultimately, BANG is a riveting tale about ordinary people forced to do dangerous, unimaginable things.
According to PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Peña "examines the symbiosis of the United States and Mexico and makes painfully clear the negative effects of international trade—legal and illegal. This is a notable and compassionate novel.”