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A couple of weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview author Tim Z. Hernández about his new pseudo-autobiographical novel, “Breathing, In Dust.”

The book chronicles the experiences of a boy growing up in the fictional Central Valley town of Catela. It details the poverty, drugs and violence that impact the daily lives of residents of the Valley’s impoverished, unincorporated rural communities, and features characters and places familiar to Valley residents.

During our chat, Hernández told me that he hopes the book starts constructive conversations about some of the real issues facing the residents of these rural communities. I recently finished the novel, and I think his powerful book really does have the ability to spark deep discussion on some thorny issues.

So, I absolutely encourage you to pick up a copy of “Breathing, In Dust.” If you are a Fresno resident who hasn’t ventured into the Valley’s rural communities, this book will immerse you in a different world. If you live in one of these communities, this book could reflect your daily reality.

And once you finish this book, I encourage you to talk about it. (I know I can’t stop talking about it!) I think it would be really cool for a bunch of people to read this book, and then discuss it with a group, book-club style. What do you say??

Written by Rebecca Plevin

May 5th, 2010 at 1:03 pm

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  1. I say join us! Earlier this year a diverse group of ladies founded the No.1 Ladies Book Club.

    At our last meeting we unanimously voted to read “Breathing in Dust” as our next book.

    If you are interested in joining our group look us on Facebook:

    or reply to this thread. The more the merrier. It’s great to support young Valley writer’s.


    Daniela Simunovic

    10 May 10 at 4:09 pm

  2. Hi Daniela! I would be delighted to joing your Book Club! I’ve really been wanting to discuss this book with other Valley residents, and would love read/discuss others as well! Thanks :)


    Rebecca Plevin

    11 May 10 at 10:27 am

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