Under the Feet of Jesus

Under the Feet of Jesus

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With the same audacity with which John Steinbeck wrote about migrant worker conditions in The Grapes of Wrath and T.C. Boyle in The Tortilla Curtain, Viramontes (The Moths and Other Stories) presents a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in California’s fields.   This first novel tells the story a young girl, Estrella, and her Latino family as they struggle with arduous farm labor during the summer months, and still manage to latch onto the hope of a liberating future.  Viramontes graces the page with poetic touch, artfully describing poverty conditions and bringing to the reader a panoramic view of social consciousness and unforgettable characters.
Under the Feet of Jesus

Under the Feet of Jesus

Written by: Helena Maria Viramontes


Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award – winner


“Stunning… blends lyricism, harsh realism and concern for social justice.”—Newsweek

“The best literary fiction makes its villains out of situations rather than people, and finds its heroes not in noble victors but in the spirit of ordinary men and women. In this lyrical tale of a fruit-picking family in some nameless weedy place, there is no sadistic overseer, unless it is the pitiless sun, which sucks sweat and hope from laboring bodies. Viramontes’s novel comes the closest of any yet to universalizing this appalling life.”—Joanne Omang, The Washington Post

“A nationally acclaimed author… one of the country’s premier Latina writers.”—Jeff Kass, Los Angeles Times