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Author: Nina Vida
ISBN13: 978-1569474778
Title: Texicans
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Language: English
Category: Genre Fiction
Publisher: Soho Press (October 1, 2007)
Pages: 296

Texicans by Nina Vida

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. I think of this as an historical novel telling the story of the Texicans who settled in and made up the new Republic of Texas. Jun 25, 2009 Sarah Sammis rated it liked it.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. A completely engaging tale following a handful of remarkable settlers. Entertainment Weekly Lively. The Miami Herald Compelling. That Vida brings so much fresh energy to the timeworn Western genre-complex characters. Very good condition - book only shows a small amount of wear. Biggest little used bookstore in the world.

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This historical novel of the American frontier is a completely engaging tale following a handful of remarkable settlers (Entertainment Weekly). 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. Along the way, a runaway slave steals Joseph’s horse

From acclaimed author Nina Vida comes a powerful novel set in the 1840s. The Texicans provides an illuminating glimpse at the rugged lives of the downtrodden in pioneer society- immigrants, slaves, Indians, and Mexicans. Joseph Kimmel is heading to San Antonio to settle his deceased brother's estate but becomes stranded on the vast open prairie when his horse is stolen. He is rescued by an egocentric Alsatian immigrant, but falls back into trouble when he marries a young blond girl. has successfully been added to your shopping cart.

It's 1843, San Antonio, the Republic of Texas. Mexican-born Aurelia Ruiz finds that she may have the power to heal - as well as to curse.

The Texicans : a novel. Publication date 2006. Topics Ranch life, Mexicans, Germans, Fugitive slaves, Western stories. Publisher New York : Soho Press. Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; ; ctlibrary; china; americana. Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive. Contributor Internet Archive. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. Delaware County District Library (Ohio).

Narrator: George Guidall. The Summons/The Brethren.

Written by Nina Vida, Audiobook narrated by George Guidall. Your audiobook is waitin. he Texicans. Narrated by: George Guidall. Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins.

In a story as vast and action-packed as Texas itself, Vida (The End of Marriage, 2002, et. follows four strangers who join forces during the lawless years of early statehood. During the early 1850s, despite rumors of Comanche attacks, settlers are pouring into the new state of Texas. Some, like Aurelia Ruíz, a Mexican widow who possesses healing powers, and Luck, a slave on the run from Tennessee, have no resources save their courage and wits.

“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.
Reviews: 7
I learned history from this book that I had never read before, all about Texas and it's early attitudes towards others. I enjoyed the characters totally but was disappointed in the ending. It was an easy book to read and did not want it to end.
This is a good historical fiction about a forgotten group that settled Texas in the 1800's
Reason for Reading: I love reading about the time period and the subject matter.

This is an epic drama of settlers struggling to settle in Texas during the years 1840 to 1854. What makes this book stand out from the rest is the characters. Rather than the usual group of white European settlers Vida has cast her tale with peoples who make an unusual yet enthralling story. Each having their own story, until they come together as a group of settlers, are a Polish Jew, an Alsace German, a runaway slave, a paid for slave family, a Mexican woman who may be a witch and her half white daughter. This group of people join and grow together in an emotionally strong bond and face the brutality of the Comanches, Rangers, weather and racism.

I was truly hooked with this book from the first chapter. Each character is introduced separately before becoming part of the group and while the story is told in the third person we are shown the story from various character's perceptions along the way. This is one of the most amazing group of settlers I have read about and I appreciate the insight into the story of the peoples often overlooked in telling of the settling of Texas. Character was everything for me in this book. I felt as if I knew them and certain events were emotionally disturbing because of that.

The plot itself is tremendous. What starts out as one man's journey, and a selfish man at that, turns into an almost Christian allegory of the downtrodden following the Jew believing he will save them and lead them home. He does ... partially, but he is *not* the Saviour. Instead it becomes a voyage of many souls and it is the weak and downtrodden that bring the selfishness out of the man, though unbeknownst to him, and very slowly, by the end of the book, he has been changed, just enough, by the events of his journey and by the people who love him, those whom he met along that journey. I could not put this book down! I even read at the table! Ultimately, a fierce new version of the Western with a bittersweet ending.
Not knowing anything about the author, I did not know what to expect, but since she took on frontier Texas as the backdrop of her novel, I just had to try her out.

I give this book a very high recommendation. The Texicans is unusual in its sympathetic treatment of minorities, and in its thorough treatment of even minor Comanche Indian characters. If there's a character in this novel, they are anything but a "stock" character. One has to keep reading to see whether or not the settlers, which include Negro slaves, an Alsatian immigrant, a Jewish schoolteacher/trapper, and a Mexican woman, make it out of their predicaments.

Early on, Ms. Vida shows some flashes of dry humor, which makes me think I would enjoy her company. These flashes disappear, however, as the story becomes darker and more complicated. The author is unsparing in her portrayal of both Comanche and Karankawa Indians' depredations in early Texas, and her descriptions are not for the faint of heart. The harsh treatment of runaway slaves is not glossed over, either.

I honestly believe that Ms. Vida has read much of Cormac McCarthy, particularly his works like Blood Meridian. I have no familiarity, either, with McCarthy, but I know that his depiction of the brutality and cruelty of life on the frontier in 1840's Texas probably influenced other writers such as Vida. This is heavy stuff she's taken on.

The Texicans also excels in its absolutely pitch-perfect examination of male/female relationships, particularly of marriage. The author shows us unrequited love, interdependence, acceptance, persistence, and commitment, as men and women become true partners in situations that are often lonely, difficult, and sorrowful. Because these characters live anything but a life of ease, we are challenged to understand more about daily life on the frontier, and what sacrifices would be demanded of these brave souls.

Near the end of the book, events happen that are unbearably poignant. These are difficult to read about, and will leave the reader with powerful images.

I found the ending to be done pretty well. Certainly, it's better than a lot of endings I see today. The author may be showing us that it took years for citizens in frontier Texas to feel like the Americans they came to be. The feeling of finally being settled, and realizing one's true talents, with no need to look back in regret at one's mistakes, is the mark of maturity in the characters. While, at times, the characters have understandable reasons to feel depressed, in the end, they realize that life is about as good as it gets.
The Texicans, by Nina Vida, is a novel of historical fiction, which takes place on the frontier of Texas, and spans the years between 1843 and 1855.

Although Joseph Kimmel was a quiet, simple man who loved to read, and keep to himself, he was also a tough, rugged individualist. In his twenties he had been a mountain man and fur trapper, but was now a teacher of Greek, Latin, and math at the Independence Missouri Boys School. It was a job that seemed to suit him.

Just before the end of the school term, Joseph receives a letter saying his brother, Isaac, a shopkeeper, has died in Texas, and that Joseph should come to the frontier to receive any profits that may be left from his business.

Joseph has decided to make the trip alone on horseback and knows the trek will be difficult, at best. Having been an outdoorsman, he's sure he can take care of himself and in fact, he looks forward to the solitary life he will experience as he travels across the plains.

If Joseph thought he was going to have a peaceful journey, he was sadly mistaken. Not only is riding alone in Comanche country fraught with the constant danger of being brutally slain, but he, unfortunately, finds a variety of rag-tag strangers who desperately need his help to survive.

The author weaves an exciting story of danger, incredible hardship, sacrifice, and unrequited love.

This is absolutely one of the best books I have recently read. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a remarkable Texas adventure story.