The Bullet Swallower by Elizabeth Gonzalez James – Our Review


Our Review…

A melding of the Western adventures of Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy, intertwined with elements of magic realism reminiscent of Robbie Arnott’s novels, this is the story of the Sonoro family and a cosmic curse, that unfolds between two times, 1895 and 1965 and two places, Mexico and Texas.

Based loosely on Elizabeth Gonzalez Jones’ own great-Grandfather, The Bullet Swallower addresses poignant issues such as racism, the lasting trauma of Colonialism and border politics we see being debated, still, in the lead up to the 2024 US election.

More than just a family saga or tale of vengeance, Gonzalez James’ novel embraces Jungian philosophy, the complexities of fate and choice, asks who is responsible for sins past, what reparations can be made, now. We are left to ponder if, and how, the human race can be better, to each other and the land, moving forward.

Review by Katina @ Great Escape Books