Where Gringos Don’t Belong

Where Gringos Don’t Belong

Anaphora Press, 2015

Oaxaca is a police state, a state under siege. Police and escuadrones de muerte arrest, beat, torture protesters and bystanders. A young American teacher, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, and a woman who defines herself as a “Mexican-gypsy-Jew bitch” are thrust together by the turmoil and forge new relationships despite the repression, hardship and terror.

Early in the evening of November 25, 2006 George Bynum  leaves his Mexican novia among anti-government protest marchers in the city of Oaxaca, Mexico and returns to his apartment to finish a report for his employers. Before he can finish, his cell phone rings. “They’re attacking Killing..! They won’t stop!” his novia’s voice rings in his ears. He rushes out  to try  to find her. Blinded by teargas from a federal police assault he trips and has to be helped to safety. He and several others, including a young woman named Claudi Auscher, make their way back to George’s apartment. Claudi joins George in his efforts to reestablish contact with his novia who has been flown to a maximum security prison along with other innocent victims of the militarized purge. George and Claudi are fictional characters but the events in which they’ve become embroiled are based on the actual political and social upheavals that reverberated through Oaxaca from November 2006 through April 2007.


Robert Joe Stout’s  books include Hidden Dangers, a 2014 analysis of the deteriorating ability of Mexico and the United States to deal with crucial problems such as crime, immigration and corruption; The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives; Why Immigrants Come to America; Running Out the Hurt; Miss Sally and A Perfect Throw. He lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Where Gringos Don’t Belong, Anaphora Press.         $20.00




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