Cásares book signing slated; ‘Where We Come From’ is Brownsville author’s latest work

May 23, 2019 GMT

Oscar Cásares, author and Brownsville native, will be in town May 29 to sign copies of his latest work, “Where We Come From,” published this month by Knopf.

The book signing and reception takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E. Madison St.

Cásares, who teaches creative writing at the University of Texas-Austin, said in an interview in November that the story revolves around a family that reluctantly gets caught up in human trafficking, and features a young character from an affluent Houston neighborhood for whom Brownsville is utterly foreign even though his family’s roots are there.


Young Orly finds himself living in the Rio Grande Valley and experiences profound culture shock as a result, but still can’t escape a sense of connectedness, Cásares said, adding that the book began taking shape around immigration even before it became such a hot-button issue.

A reviewer for Publishers Weekly writes that the author “brilliantly depicts the psychological complexity of living halfway in one place and halfway in another,” while Kirkus Review characterizes the work as “a potent novel about the complexities of immigration and the lies we tell ourselves and our families.”

“In some ways timely, this quiet, delicate book delivers a truly timeless emotional punch,” writes the reviewer.

Cásares, a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, is also the author of “Brownsville: Stories” and “Amigoland.” He lives in Austin

‘Where We Come From’ book signing by Oscar Cásares

May 29, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Historic Brownsville Museum

641 E. Madison St.