About the Book
A memoir of three generations of women in the South Texas borderland which aims to expose readers to the experience of an Anglo girl growing up on the Texas Mexican border in that world of baked in prejudice. Having grown up in Mirando City near the Laredo/Nuevo Laredo border, the author weaves the stories of her grandmother, mother, herself, into a tale exposing that world of bias and how that changed in her lifetime.
These women, along with the kind, generous men who attached themselves to these ladies, lived in what the poet Randall Jarrell has referred to as the “cake of custom, the lung fish embedded in a world of prejudice which one can’t see.” It spewed forth people whose speech belied racial prejudice while at the same time they worked to make living and educational situations better for the groups above whom they placed themselves as the “high and mighty.”
“Daughter of the Border, Roberta Hamburgh’s debut family memoir of three generations of exceptional women of the West and Southwest, is a stunning tribute to the courage she and the women of her family exhibited in the face of challenging situations and multicultural divides. Readers who hunger for breathtaking stories of strong women and the old (and new) West will devour this book, all the while eagerly looking forward to whatever this oh-so-talented and insightful author writes next.” — Rosemary Daniell, award-winning author of Secrets of the Zona Rosa: How Writing (and Sisterhood) Can Change Women’s Lives
“Exquisite! This book takes us on an important journey across boundaries and back again. It is a tender and living exploration of what it means to be a woman, a girl, a daughter and a human in our complicated world.” — Molly Caro May, author of The Map of Enough: One Woman’s Search for Place and Body Full of Stars: Female Rage and My Passage Into Motherhood