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Book Reviews & Accolades

Finalist for the 2022 Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction
Longlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
A “Best Book of August” at Bustle
A Best Book of the Year at NPR and BookPage

“Cortez is a deeply compassionate writer; he obviously cares about his characters, though he doesn’t treat them with kid gloves.”

Michael Schaub, The Town That Inspired John Steinbeck Has A New Literary Star, August 2021.

“The strength of Cortez’s work is that he lays out these stories without defining his characters by their worst actions, showing us people who are closer to reflections of ourselves than we think, even if they do not look like us, or come from the places we call home. And this is the book’s superpower: the cultivation of empathy.”

Mateo Askaripour, The New York Times Book Review, August 2021.

Cortez Reads from Gordo

Interviews with Jaime Cortez

California Report Magazine Podcast, January 15, 2022. Host Sasha Khokha talks to author Jaime Cortez about his Gordo and growing up in the Central Coast farmworker camps he grew up in near Watsonville and San Juan Bautista.  Also available on Apple Podcasts.

Ten Questions for Jaime Cortez, interview for Poets & Writers Magazine, August 17, 2021.

Historical Context

Farmworkers in the Land of Plenty, California State Archives, online exhibit.

Common Read Committee

  • Mr. Caldwell (English)
  • Dean Camilus (OMA)
  • Ms. Hurley (Health)
  • Ms. Langevin (Health)
  • Ms. Rohloff (Library)
  • Ms. Soucy (Health)
  • Ms. Waterman (Science)

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