The Friday 56: Shame the Stars

The Friday 56The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
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**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“You see, several men escaped the authorities. The story said as much, but what wasn’t in the paper, what my father wouldn’t dare print, was that some of the escaped men were local ranch hands—men from Morado Country who are so frustrated, so angry over this mantanza, this indiscriminate slaughter of our people, they’re ready to burn down any business owned or operated by Anglo immigrants.”

I didn’t get a chance to review this one, but wanted to make sure I still featured it for this meme. Guadalupe García McCall’s Shame the Stars sheds light on a lesser-known part of history for Mexicans and tejanos, where conflict from the Mexican Revolution spilled over into Texas, igniting racial tensions between tejanos and Texas Rangers. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquin and Dulceña attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet.”

19 thoughts on “The Friday 56: Shame the Stars

  1. woo this book is so intense, I haven’t read this kind of book before, I usually read lighter books and I haven’t read other than fantasy for years! The realization hit me hard.

    My rec: Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons, they’re the first Folk band I listened to and still my favorite. I’m pretty sure they’re not Indie, but definitely Folk, maybe Folk-Rock.

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    1. I know what you mean. I don’t typically pick up historical fiction novels, but this is the first time I’ve come across a novel that covers this part of history.

      I think at one time Mumford and Sons was considered indie. I haven’t listened to them for ages. Yep, still dig their sound.


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