A new book by author Rudy Ruiz will be released in September 2022

Valley of Shadows will be the San Antonio author’s third book

SAN ANTONIO, September 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The latest book from San Antonioauthor based Rudy Ruiz, valley of shadowsis ready to go out on September 20, 2022.

In his latest book, Ruiz follows Solitario Cisneros, the sheriff of the Mexican town of Olvido. After a change in the Rio Grande River, Cisneros finds himself with his town on the American side of the border, forcing him to hang up his badge. What follows is a new kind of western that incorporates magical realism, mystery, and horror into a historical fiction story that explores isolation, injustice, and suffering along the US-Mexico border, themes still relevant.

“Ruiz’s engaging tale, liberally sprinkled with Spanish words and searing racial tension and classism, is immersive and atmospheric and features an interesting cast of characters with rich backstories. Ruiz deftly combines elements of romance, historical mystery, horror and magical realism to deliver a richly satisfying adventure.” – List of books (star rating)

The book is a new direction for Ruiz, who tends to write literary fiction and magical realism. “There are many things that have been floating around in my mind for many, many years because of its location on the border and its historical context of U.S.-Mexico relations and the long and tense history of those relations between the two countries and cultures. that sense, I feel like it’s been sprouting my whole life,” he said of the origin of the book. “But what really drove me to write this particular kind of novel , who is single, is strangely my son, who is a teenager. He actually asked me, ‘Dad, would you write a western horror story?’ I’ve been writing for a very long time and I’ve never written a western, and I’ve never written a horror story, but it freed me. I found it liberating.

valley of shadows is Ruiz’s third fiction book. His previous works include the novel The resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez and a collection of short stories titled Seven for the Revolution.

About Rudy Ruiz

Rudy Ruiz grew up in Brownville, TX. He attended Harvard University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy. There he also studied literature and creative writing and he received a Ford Foundation scholarship to support his writing career. His first book of fiction was a collection of short stories titled Seven for the Revolution. His second fiction book, a novel titled The resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez, was published in 2020. His debut novel won two gold medals at the 2021 International Latino Book Awards and was named one of the Top 10 Best First Novels of 2020 by the American Library Association’s Booklist. In addition to being an author, Ruiz contributes to CNN and other major media, and is the CEO and co-founder of Interlex, an advocacy marketing agency that focuses on social issues. Ruiz currently lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children.

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