What a Barrio Life, Ese! Ay, Que Padre es la Vida! is the story of barrio life and culture. Felix’s father, Felix G. Figueroa, Sr., and his brother-in-law, Edward Garcia, shared many stories with him about their lives as young boys, which he details in his book. The stories are interwoven with real-life accounts, Mexican-American folklore, culture, and tradition; and lots of dichos. The book tells the story of one family, the Porfirio Parcelona family, comprised of a womanizing, beer drinking, and always-scheming father; an overbearing and extremely religious Catholic mother; a large number of brothers; and a hopelessly romantic older sister. On one occasion, the youngest child in the family, Panchito, is accidentally hurt by his overweight sister, causing the determined father to help his 20-year-old daughter find a boyfriend so she can fall in love, get married, and move out of their tiny and cramped two-bedroom cottage. The father goes to church to pray, but winds up getting thrown out by the stern priest because he is drunk when he attends mass and causes trouble with one of the parishioners. He goes to the bar but gets thrown out for offending the gringo bartender. On his way home, he walks through the town cemetery and falls into a recently dug grave where he falls asleep and dreams about an encounter with the devil.
About the Author: Felix R. Figueroa
Felix R. Figueroa graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish and Drama. He joined the U. S. Postal Service in 1980 and became a U. S. Postal Inspector in 1988. He was selected class speaker of his Inspection Service graduating class and within two years he earned a National Award for his Outstanding work on narcotic investigations in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. He was later credited by the Chief Postal Inspector for playing an integral role in helping the agency create a highly effective drug interdiction program. Felix retired from the U. S. Postal Inspection Service in 2013 and worked diligently for the next two years to get his first book published. Today, Felix is in the process of getting a second manuscript published. His main goal, however, is to develop and implement programs at the high school and college level that will help motivate, inspire and aid students achieve their own dreams and attain success. He seeks to do readings of his books, make presentations on Creative Writing and the Mexican-American culture. He also plans to participate in conferences and seminars dealing with these subjects.
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