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El Paso

by Winston Groom

El Paso by Winston Groom X
El Paso by Winston Groom
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2016, 496 pages
    Paperback:
    Sep 2017, 496 pages

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Three decades after the first publication of Forrest Gump, Winston Groom returns to fiction with this sweeping American epic.

History is not static and staid, merely cataloged events that happened to other people. At least author Winston Groom doesn't think so. His signature fictional creation, Forrest Gump, routinely found himself in the maelstrom of historical events and much to the delight of readers – and movie audiences – even interacted with icons such as President Kennedy and MLK Jr.

Groom's latest takes similar liberties with the past: this time the stew is cooking in Mexico in the early twentieth century. Groom juxtaposes his fictional characters against lesser-known, but real figures – General Pancho Villa, who was part of the Mexican revolution (see Beyond the Book), and even Hollywood actors and American authors who were known to have gone looking for adventure in Mexico. The real-life players in El Paso might not be instantly recognizable, but Groom retains a sense of ...

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