The Legend of Juan Miguel: The Tale of an Unlikely Texas Hero

| February 20, 2014

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The Legend of Juan Miguel: The Tale of an Unlikely Texas Hero

Equal parts history and mystery, romance and hero’s journey, this Texas tale has more twists and turns than a country back road. In The Legend of Juan Miguel, Anna K. Sargent revisits Texas in the late 19th century, that famed era when the West began and Texas was in a border conflict with Mexico. But in this story, the hero is Hispanic. Sargent asks us to cast aside what we think we know about identity and the history and mythology we’ve been taught. Ride along with the young Juan Miguel as he uses every guise and all the courage he can muster to win back his fortune, his good name, and his lost love. Deprived unjustly of his birthright by ambitious Anglo ranchers, the son of the wealthiest Tejano in Texas is spurred on by a forbidden passion for the woman who is married to one of those ranchers. Handsome, loyal, brave, and cunning, this caballero reinvents himself over and over and becomes a Hispanic hero for the ages.

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