The Iron River
The Southern Pacific railroad tracks mark the northern boundary of the barrio and serve as the dramatic backdrop to the story of four pre-teen friends, a dead hobo, a racist cop, and a junkie, ex-con uncle. The novel’s title represents the railroad tracks that play a pivotal role in the story.
The twelve-year-old protagonist and narrator, Manuel Maldonado, Jr., is known to his Mexican-American barrio as Man-on-Fire for his red hair and the port-wine stain that is his birthmark.
Throughout the novel, “Man” and his boyhood friends are haunted by “the Turk,” a dirty cop who harasses the people of the barrio, and by the prospect of going to prison for killing the hobo.
Complications develop when Man’s uncle Rudy comes home on parole from prison to an unwelcome reception from Man’s father, Rudy’s older brother.
Daniel Acosta, Gamma Nu (California State University – Los Angeles) 1969 was born in Monterey Park, California to Gustavo and Maria Acosta and grew up in the San Gabriel of the novel, living across the street from the Southern Pacific Railroad tracks until his teens. After grammar school at San Gabriel Mission School, he spent my high school years in the Catholic Dominguez Seminary in Compton, California. After seminary, he majored in English at California State University, Los Angeles, where he studied creative writing with Leon Surmelian. Acosta graduated from Cal State L.A. in 1969 and was drafted into the Army during the Vietnam War. Three years later, he began my 34 years teaching English at Mark Keppel High School in Alhambra, California. He retired from teaching in 2007 to concentrate on his writing. My wife Linda and Acosta have four children and live in Rosemead, California. Iron River is a labor of love for his neighborhood and is his debut novel.
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