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Victor Villasenor
Rain of Gold

Original Airdate: May 17, 1995


About the Author

Victor Edmundo Villasenor is an American author. His fiction and non-fiction literary works center on the Mexican American experience. His first published novel, Macho! (1973), was compared to the works of Steinbeck in the Los Angeles Times. His book Rain of Gold (1991), which tells the story of his family, became a bestseller on the New York Times Bestseller List. Villasenor's acclaimed works are often taught in American schools. He went on to write Thirteen Senses: A Memoir (2001), a continuation of Rain of Gold. His book Burro Genius: A Memoir (2004), which describes his life, became a national bestseller and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. The author has received awards and endorsements, including an appointment to serve as the founding Steinbeck Chair at Hartnell College and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, from February 2003 to March 2004.


About this Book

Rain of Gold is Victor Villasenor's 1991 New York Times bestseller which tells the story of his own parents who were undocumented immigrants from Mexico. Two families escaping from Revolution torn Mexico to the relative safety of the United States have parallel experiences centered around their mothers' strength.


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