By Scott Zesch
Scott Zesch’s novel, Alamo Heights, is a fictional account of the conflict to maintain the Texas landmark. greater than easily a booklet on background, it's a tale concerning the humans at the back of the occasions. every one personality has a hidden schedule: Rose Herrera, the nature in keeping with de Zavala, desires to guard the Alamo as a logo of her historical past. to take action, she needs to struggle a corrupt legislator, a robust jap syndicate, and her former friends.
Alva Carson Keane, Herrera’s companion, protects the Alamo from an japanese inn corporation so as to erect a monument to her cattle-baron father. The struggle among Keane and Herrera springs from a false impression in regards to the origins of the warehouse, a conflict of egos, and mysterious occasions of their households’ past.
The women’ conflict additionally represents a bigger clash among the Anglo and Hispanic cultures. Zesch’s novel addresses the assimilation of Tejanos in a racially divided, more and more Anglo country. Herrera won’t let Keane and her allies to wreck the Alamo and make a mockery of her tradition via construction a monument to the livestock barons, a gaggle of people that overran her historical past and her kin. compelled right into a nook by way of her strong enemies, Herrera needs to make a few drastic offerings to save lots of the previous convent.
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Page 27 He raised his eyebrows. "Whatever you say, ma'am. " He went back to walking his beat. She liked the Alamo chapel at night. Her father once told her an old legend that had frightened her as a child: when General Andrade's men tried to destroy what was left of the Alamo after the battle of 1836, they were warded off by spirits with flaming swords. The legend no longer frightened Rose. In fact, she was comforted by the idea of being surrounded by supernatural protectors. There were spirits here, she felt; but somehow they seemed rueful now, not vengeful.
God damn itinconceivable! His wife was the undisputed master of the motorcar. Of all days for an accident! That night at the Menger Hotel he looked for her. The balconied rotunda hummed with the small talk of elegantly attired men and women. They drifted around marble columns and decorative Queen Anne screens, as the last rays of the gloaming filtered through the stained-glass skylight and cast tinted shadows across their faces. These were powerful people, every one. Page 10 Then he saw her: a pillar of burgundy silk across the room, standing alone by the potted palms.
The accident in the Peerless was forgotten, the equilibrium restored. His evening was a triumph after all. His wife was entertaining a young man across the table with tales of the early Spanish friars, punctuated with digs at the city council for neglecting the missions. Although it was her habit to observe the rules of propriety and gracious behavior, Rose Herrera wasn't at all shy. Old-timers said she had inherited the excitable spirit and panache of her De León ancestors. With the evening under control, Mr.
Alamo Heights by Scott Zesch