Beyond Rain of Gold.

Author:Scott, Barbara Bamberger
Position:Book review

Victor Villasenor (author); BEYOND RAIN OF GOLD; Hay House (Nonfiction: Autobiography & Memoir) $27.95 ISBN: 9781401931223

Byline: Barbara Bamberger Scott

"The big strong male that's in front doesn't lead he follows in front. It's we, the mothers and grandmothers and children, who lead with our squawking, screeching, happy sounds."

These are the words of the author's grandmother, who came to Mexican-American Victor VillaseA[+ or -]or in a dream to inspire him with her hope that human beings could learn to live in natural harmony as the snowgeese have always done. The visitation leads him to form the non-profit Snowgoose Global Thanksgiving, only one of the magical wonders chronicled in VillaseA[+ or -]or's latest autobiographical exploration, Beyond Rain of Gold.

The author's determination to become a writer from adolescence brought nearly 300 rejections before the publication of his coming-of-age novel, Rain of Gold, invoked comparisons to John Steinbeck. He served as the founding Steinbeck Chair at Hartnell College and the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, and his books are taught in many schools. VillaseA[+ or -]or still writes, while making the rounds as an inspirational speaker.

You'll get in the groove of the author's style once you read the introduction to Beyond Rain of Gold in which he says "I realize that in English, understatement is a very prominent style. This is not true of my cultural background." So be prepared for a lot of caps, exclamation points...

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