After a fourteen-year estrangement, Maria Venegas returns to Mexico to visit her father, who is living in the old family hacienda. While spending the following summers and holidays together, herding cattle and fixing barbed-wire fences, he begins sharing family stories with her, tales of a life filled with both intense love and brutal violence-from the pride his mother showed after he shot a man for the first time at age twelve, to his extradition from the United States for murder. Spare and gripping, Bulletproof Vest is Venegas's reckoning with her father's difficult legacy. Moving between Mexico and New York, Venegas traces her own life and her father's as, over time, a new closeness and understanding develops between them. Maria Venegas was born in Zacatecas, Mexico, and immigrated to Chicago when she was four years old. Bulletproof Vest was excerpted in Granta and the Guardian. Venegas's short stories have appeared in Ploughshares and Huizache. She has taught creative writing at Hunter College and currently works as a mentor at Still Waters in a Storm, a reading and writing sanctuary for children in Brooklyn.
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