The Last Karankawas

A Novel

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Pub Date 09 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 09 Sep 2022
Henry Holt & Company, Henry Holt and Co.

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"Beautiful, complex, and subversive, The Last Karankawas is an important book about Texas from a powerful new voice in American fiction. I loved it." —Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling author of Valentine

For fans of Yaa Gyasi and Cristina Henríquez—a kaleidoscopic, emotionally charged debut novel about a tight-knit community of Mexican and Filipino American families on the Texas coast.

Welcome to Galveston, Texas. Population 50,241.

Carly Castillo has only ever known Galveston. For as far back as she can remember, her grandmother Magdalena has claimed that they descend from the Karankawas, an extinct Texan tribe, thereby tethering them to the island. But as Carly ages, she begins to imagine a life elsewhere, away from the legacy of her parents’ abandonment. Meanwhile, Jess Rivera, her boyfriend and all-star shortstop turned seaman, treasures the salty, familiar air. He’s gotten chances to leave Galveston for bigger cities with more possibilities. But he didn’t take them then, and he sure as hell won't now.

Moving through these characters’ lives and those of the individuals who circle them, Kimberly Garza presents a mosaic depiction of everyday survival in Southern Texas. When word spreads of a storm gathering strength offshore, building into Hurricane Ike, they each must make a difficult decision: board up the windows and hunker down, or flee inland and abandon their hard-won homes.

Unflinching, lyrical, and singular, The Last Karankawas is a portrait of America rarely witnessed, where browning palm trees and oily waters mark the forefront of ecological change. It is a deeply imagined exploration of familial inheritance, human perseverance, and the histories we assign to ourselves, establishing Kimberly Garza as a brilliant new literary voice.

"Beautiful, complex, and subversive, The Last Karankawas is an important book about Texas from a powerful new voice in American fiction. I loved it." —Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling...


Advance Praise

"Beautiful, complex, and subversive, The Last Karankawas is an important book about Texas from a powerful new voice in American fiction. I loved it." —Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling author of Valentine


"The Last Karankawas is exactly the kind of book I’ve spent my life searching for as a Chicana of mixed and Filipino heritage. Kimberly Garza’s eloquent and deeply observant debut expands our understanding of South Texas and vibrantly honors the remarkable people who live there. This is a writer to watch." —Kali Fajardo-Anstine, author of Woman of Light and Sabrina & Corina


“Devastating in its own clarity and nuance. The Last Karankawas has the power to change the way we see where we’ve been and what we may have left behind. A stunning debut from a talented writer.” —Oscar Cásares, author of Where We Come From


The Last Karankawas is a deft and moving portrait of ordinary lives lived in an extraordinary place. Kimberly Garza’s writing is warm, beautifully observed, and filled with human drama. Like all really good fiction, it opens our eyes to new experiences and shows us things we don’t already know.” —Ian McGuire, bestselling author of The North Water


“With prose that is elegant and measured, sonorous and at times painfully beautiful, Kimberly Garza lays bare a Southern Texas that has somehow remained unsung until now. The Last Karankawas is not merely a book. It is a collection of incantations—secret and sacred, meant to be shared in a hush.” —Miroslav Penkov, author of East of the West and Stork Mountain

"Beautiful, complex, and subversive, The Last Karankawas is an important book about Texas from a powerful new voice in American fiction. I loved it." —Elizabeth Wetmore, New York Times bestselling...


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