Reading & Signing: Red Bricks by Anne Muccino
Red Bricks is the debut novel by Kansas City writer Anne Muccino. New Mexico, circa 1930s: 17-year-old JT Swain is embroiled in an emotional tug-of-war—burying the grandfather he reveres, and challenging the father he hates. Before he can summon courage to decide, it all disappears—everything that matters. Determined not to be haunted by ghosts of his past, he heads west on horseback to find the connectedness now gone from his life. In the Mesilla Valley he meets Dalia Jackson, the rebellious daughter of a Las Cruces rancher, and is strangely drawn to this 15-year-old half-Nahua, half-white girl who believes in making her own choices, struggling under the constraints of being a woman in a man’s world. When Dalia disappears, a series of events force JT to challenge the law, leading him to the barrios of Juárez, Mexico, where he witnesses the ugliness of human trafficking. Red Bricks takes a close, sometimes disturbing look at the shaping of our lives, and the ways in which we unwittingly diminish our ability to heal.
Anne Muccino lives in Kansas City, where she completed her BA in English, Creative Writing at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her short stories, essays, and poems have been published in Kansas City Voices, Literary Laundry, Rusty Truck Number One Magazine, Work Stew, Lost Lake Folk Opera and others. Red Bricks is her debut novel.