Troncoso weaves a tapestry of lives, of human beings who by the end of the book feel not just real, not just intimately close, but undeniable, inescapable, a part of ourselves.
—Judges' Comments, Fiction, PEN Texas Award for Fiction
Troncoso is clearly adept at his craft, telling a story filled with rich language and the realities of family life. With its skillful pairing of conflict over religious and familial obligations with the backdrop of a Mexican-American family's love for one another, Troncoso's novel is an engaging literary achievement.
One reads From This Wicked Patch of Dust
and can only pause for a moment to say, 'Yes.' Sergio Troncoso writes with inevitable grace and mounting power. Family, in all its baffling wonder, comes alive on these pages.
—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The Hummingbird's Daughter