The Texicans

The Texicans

A Novel

Book - 2006
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"A completely engaging tale following a handful of remarkable settlers."- Entertainment Weekly

"Lively. . . . Vivid characters. . . . Enthralling reading."- The Miami Herald

"Compelling. . . . That Vida brings so much fresh energy to the timeworn Western genre-complex characters, engaging stories, cutting-edge historical revisionism-is no small feat."- Austin American-Statesman

"An imaginative and thoroughly researched tale driven by intriguing characters."- Denver Post

"Should be placed on the same shelf with Lonesome Dove , Texas , and Pale Horse, Pale Rider ."- The Monitor (Texas)

When cholera strikes San Antonio in 1843, Aurelia Ruiz discovers that she might have the power to heal-and also to curse. Meanwhile, Joseph Kimmel, a schoolteacher in Missouri and the son of a Polish Jew, learns of his brother's death in San Antonio and sets off for Texas. On his way, a runaway slave steals his horse. After being rescued by Henry Castro, a man who is importing immigrants to populate his planned city, Castroville, Joseph agrees to marry a young Alsatian girl to save her from a Comanche chief who has demanded her. Then Joseph encounters Aurelia and becomes enamored with her.

Comanches, Tonkaways, Mexican vaqueros , immigrant farmers, and runaway slaves all play a part in Joseph's rebirth as a rancher, but when a renegade band of Texas Rangers descends upon the ranch, everything changes.

Nina Vida is the author of six previous novels: Scam , Return from Darkness , Maximillian's Garden , Goodbye Saigon , Between Sisters , and The End of Marriage . She lives with her husband in Huntington Beach, California.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho Press ; Saint Paul, MN : Distributed to the trade by Consortium Book Sales & Distribution, 2006.
ISBN: 9781569474341
Characteristics: 295 p. ; 24 cm.


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