By Scott Zesch
Scott Zesch’s novel, Alamo Heights, is a fictional account of the conflict to maintain the Texas landmark. greater than easily a ebook on heritage, it's a tale concerning the humans at the back of the occasions. every one personality has a hidden schedule: Rose Herrera, the nature in keeping with de Zavala, desires to defend the Alamo as an emblem of her historical past. to take action, she needs to struggle a corrupt legislator, a robust japanese syndicate, and her former friends.
Alva Carson Keane, Herrera’s associate, protects the Alamo from an japanese lodge corporation so that it will erect a monument to her cattle-baron father. The struggle among Keane and Herrera springs from a false impression in regards to the origins of the warehouse, a conflict of egos, and mysterious occasions of their households’ past.
The women’ conflict additionally represents a bigger clash among the Anglo and Hispanic cultures. Zesch’s novel addresses the assimilation of Tejanos in a racially divided, more and more Anglo nation. Herrera won’t enable Keane and her allies to ruin the Alamo and make a mockery of her tradition by way of construction a monument to the livestock barons, a bunch of people that overran her history and her kin. compelled right into a nook by way of her strong enemies, Herrera needs to make a few drastic offerings to save lots of the outdated convent.
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It was an unspeakable calamity for the Ladies' Reception Committee and for all of San Antonio. The women climbed back aboard. Then the foreman cranked the engine for them. It sprang to life. Rose glanced meekly at her guest. "Mrs. Root, I'd never had a mishap. . " The statesman's wife smiled to reassure her. "Rose, believe me, I'll always treasure this ride with you. " The Ford pulled up beside them. Agog, the Journal reporter was already leaping to conclusions. " Page 8 "We were just waiting for you," replied Rose.
She heard another cough. It came from outside. Not from the plaza out front: from the vacant lot behind the chapel and the warehouse. She unfastened a shuttered window and squinted. At first she saw only a pile of discarded lumber and wire coils. Then, as the moon broke through the clouds, she noticed a slight movement. Beneath a sprawling live oak tree stood a large, dark form. Mrs. Herrera unbolted the rear door and stepped outside. "Who's there? " The figure turned. It was a woman. Rose advanced into the moonlight.
He was a large-bellied Mexican man with a club foot. " Rose shouted, waving him back. "Todo está bien. " But he wasn't concerned about their welfare. "¿Cómo? Look what you've done! That was a full sack of cement. " She bristled. " He disregarded her. As the spray from the radiator subsided, the man examined the front wheels with grave deliberation. "You've got your wheel completely stuck in this ditch," was his verdict. "Yes, I was born with eyes," she muttered. The foreman motioned to a couple of the young Mexican laborers, who put aside their trowels and hurried over.
Alamo Heights by Scott Zesch