Philip Caputo named on Southwest Books of the Year 2017, ‘the best of the best’
If you’ve been hankering for the latest and greatest in Southwest reading, your wait is over. Southwest Books of the Year is back with the finest regional books of 2017, hot off the press and ready for you to sample. Look for them in your local library soon.
As they have for more than 40 years, the Southwest Books of the Year panel of reviewers—subject specialists and voracious consumers of Southwest literature—are delighted to offer up their favorite titles of the year, complete with thumbnail reviews to whet your appetite. Books selected by two or more panelists become Top Picks, the Southwest Books of the Year designation for the best of the best.
“Some Rise by Sin”
By Philip Caputo. Henry Holt
In a small town in northern Sonora, a motorcycle-riding Franciscan priest and a female doctor grapple with the practical and moral ambiguities of a lawless world that blurs the lines between friend and foe, government and outlaw. Father Timothy Riordan seeks to redeem himself after violating the sanctity of the confessional to inform on a murderous drug cartel, while Dr. Lisette Moreno is compelled to choose between ministering to her impoverished patients or a comfortable life with her artist lover. Caputo succeeds in capturing both the desperate uncertainties of border life and the complex ethical issues at play in modern-day Mexico.