Chat”. He grew up being told stories by a crazy grandfather, something he has
always tried to keep up with. A failed poetry writer in his early years he went
on to creating as he says “failed stories” before he found his writing style
Writing in a writing more minimalist style he began to create stories about
his younger days in Colorado.
John Paul began getting down stories about the neighborhoods he grew up around
in southern Colorado.
house he’d grown up in and in the old folks of his family.
their stories and re-imagine old family stories and myths since then. These
have now come together in his debut book “House of Order”
collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision
of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New
Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel
industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to
his lost family’s story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.
creates vivid and engaging characters you can’t help but either outright
dislike or feel for as their story unfolds before your eyes. I found the
dynamic between the father and uncle the most interesting; one trying to teach
his children the value of working hard, while the other teaches them how to
gamble at the track. Despite the father’s (or, the Jefe, as they call him)
faults, he does have that good quality about him. He wants his children to do
the right things and work hard for what they get in life.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes character-driven
stories and are not put off by bad
language and mild adult situations.
and their situations. With another book underway we will I’m sure hear a lot
more of John Paul Jaramillo
So listen now and share an interesting, and entertaining show as I chat with my special guest today on A Book and a Chat with John Paul Jaramillo
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