Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License

Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License

Serving a sentence in a prison in Mexico, Libertad González finds a clever way to pass the time with the weekly Library Club, reading to her fellow inmates from whatever books she can find in the prison’s meager supply. The story that emerges, though, has nothing to do with the words printed on the pages. She tells of a former literature professor and fugitive of the Mexican government who reinvents himself as a trucker in the United States. There he falls in love with a wild woman with whom he shares his truck and his life—that is until Joaquín González unexpectedly finds himself alone on the road with a baby girl and González & Daughter Trucking Co. is born. Joaquín and his daughter make the cab of an 18-wheeler their home, sharing everything—adventures, books, truck-stop chow, and memories of the girl’s mother—until one day the girl grows into a woman, and a chance encounter with one man causes her to rebel against another.

With her stories, Libertad enthralls a group of female prisoners every bit as eccentric as the tales she tells. In González and Daughter Trucking Co., bestselling author María Amparo Escandón seamlessly blends together these elements into one compelling and unexpected conclusion that will have you cheering for Libertad and filled with joy.

Title:Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781400097357
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    Gonzalez and Daughter Trucking Co.: A Road Novel with Literary License Reviews

  • Chuck

    Just one of those really neat, really different books. Escandon has that wonderful ability, characteristic of much excellent fiction from Mexico, of narrating sad events in a funny manner. The reader ...

  • Ellen

    This is what I'd describe as a Woman's Novel, but not chic lit! A wonderful heartfelt story of a woman who leads a very unusual life right from birth. Libertad is in a women's prison in Mexico. The ot...

  • Jennifer

    this was interesting - a bit odd, a little different, and rather meta. libertad can certainly be added to the list of unreliable narrators in fiction! the story didn't quite all come together for me a...

  • Victoria Waddle

    Libertad Gonzalez has spent her life on the road with her trucker dad, crisscrossing the United States. Somehow, she ends up in the Mexicali Penal Institute for Women. While life in jail isn’t a wal...

  • Mitch

    This author appears to come highly credentialed, but her work is definitely not for me because:1. Her primary audience is women and I don't qualify. 2. There is one decent (but highly romanticized) ma...

  • Katy Jean Vance

    Stellar. Absolutely Stellar. I am on summer break, so my standards for fabulous are a little more flexible, but I think this one truly deserves five stars. It reminded me of "The Brief Wondrous Life o...

  • Karen

    Can't explain why I enjoyed this book. Made me smile even though one would consider Libertad's situation extremely unfortunate. Part of the reason is that the Warden reminded me so much of the warden ...

  • Robert

    I am still reading this book. Fascinating non-linear tale of a woman in a Mexican prison who "reads" her personal history to her fellow prisoners at "Library Club" every week. She is the daughter of a...

  • Pamela

    I read this book for my Chicana studies class. The main character is serving time in Mexicali Penal Institution for Women. My Mexicali! Anyway, I really loved this book and I'm happy it had such a lov...

  • Debra

    Pleasantly surprised. About a girl who spends her whole life on the road driving a truck with her Dad. She ends up in prison and we learn about her life through the stories she tells the other inmates...