Sojourn Book Discussion: The Devil's Highway
- Main Library 2nd Floor
About the book
In May 2001, a group of men attempted to cross the border into the desert of southern Arizona, through the deadliest region of the continent, a place called the Devil’s Highway. Fathers and sons, brothers and strangers, entered a desert so harsh and desolate that even the Border Patrol is afraid to travel through it. Twelve came back out.
Luis Alberto Urrea tells the story of this modern odyssey. He takes us back to the small towns and unpaved cities south of the border, where the poor fall prey to dreams of a better life and the sinister promises of smugglers. We meet the men who will decide to make the crossing along the Devil’s Highway and, on the other side of the border, the men who are ready to prevent them from reaching their destination. Urrea reveals exactly what happened when the twenty-six headed into the wasteland, and how they were brutally betrayed by the one man they had trusted most. And from that betrayal came the inferno, a descent into a world of cactus spines, labyrinths of sand, mountains shaped like the teeth of a shark, and a screaming sun so intense that even at midnight the temperature only drops to 97 degrees. And yet, the men would not give up. The Devil’s Highway is a story of astonishing courage and strength, of an epic battle against circumstance. These twenty-six men would look the Devil in the eyes – and some of them would not blink.
About the Literary Sojourn Author Study
The Literary Sojourn Author Study is a book discussion series designed to enhance the experience of reading our festival authors. Choose to join in for one or all the conversations as participants read and gather to talk about works from each of the featured writers. Bud Werner Library provides book copies on loan for each group discussion. All of the discussion titles are also available in audio and e-book formats. Open to anyone interested in participating, discussions are designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. We will gather in the upstairs magazine reading area of the Bud Werner Library, with comfortable seating overlooking the Yampa River. Sign up at the registration button at the top of this page and you will receive additional information about how to secure a library loan of the book in the reading or listening format of your choice.
Learn more about the library's Literary Sojourn festival of authors on Sept. 9, 2023 in Steamboat Springs.