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Both Sides

Both Sides

Stories from the Border

A collection of original and riveting stories that tackle one of the most important and controversial issues of time: The Border.

La frontera is full of stories. Real stories, not the ones you see in the news. The border is a powerful place where countries collide. It’s a weird space of dreams, struggles, promises, lies, fear, and redemption. It’s a multicultural and bilingual space where people know that hustling to protect your loved ones or offer them a better life is a drive strong enough to blur ethical codes. Sadly, the border is also a place where drugs make people a lot of money, corruption stains everything, and violence fills the landscape with danger and ghosts. Now, some of today's most talented authors will visit this space from their perspective—showing the world what they see on both sides.

In a landmark anthology, acclaimed author Gabino Iglesias presents 15 stories from an incredibly talented and diverse roster of authors that look at all aspects of border crime—immigration, law, trafficking (both human and narcotics), and everyone trying to exploit the divide for their own benefit. Thought-provoking, shocking, violent, raw, emotional, and unforgettable, Both Sides will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about borders, both domestic and international.

Featuring stories by: Isaac Kirkman, Shannon Kirk, Alex Segura, Rob Hart, Nicolás Obregón, J. Todd Scott, Christopher David Rosales, Daniel A. Olivas, Cynthia Pelayo, Johnny Shaw, Rios de la Luz, Sandra Jackson-Opoku, Michelle Garza and Melissa Lason, Nick Mamatas, and David Bowles

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Praise

"In this timely volume, readers will find rage as well as hope and, occasionally, a dash of spirit-lifting poetry."
   —Publishers Weekly

"Sometimes-sad, sometimes-infuriating, but always-illuminating...This gratifying and sometimes wryly funny read stands on its own, but it’s also worth recommending as an #ownvoices alternative to Jeanine Cummins’ American Dirt."
   —Booklist


Agora Books, hardcover, April 2020, ISBN: 978-1947993877