Kimberly Garza author of The Last Karankawas

Thursday, August 11th @ 6 PM CDT

Kimberly Garza 

Author of The Last Karankawas

In-Store Event!



Join us celebrating the release of The Last Karankawas by Kimberly Garza. There will be a reading with a Q&A session followed by a signing.

About The Last Karankawas

Welcome to Galveston, Texas. Population 50,241.

A popular tourist destination and major shipping port, Galveston attracts millions of visitors each year. Yet of those who come to drink by the beach, few stray from the boulevards to Fish Village, the neighborhood home to individuals who for generations have powered the island.

Carly Castillo has only ever known Fish Village. Her grandmother claims that they descend from the Karankawas, an extinct indigenous Texan tribe, thereby tethering them to Galveston. But as Carly ages, she begins to imagine a life elsewhere, undefined by her family’s history. Meanwhile, her boyfriend and all-star shortstop turned seaman, Jess, 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. When word spreads of a storm gathering strength offshore, building into Hurricane Ike, each Galveston resident must make a difficult decision: board up the windows and hunker down or flee inland and abandon their hard-won homes.

Moving through these characters’ lives and those of the extraordinary individuals who circle them, Kimberly Garza's The Last Karankawas weaves together a multitude of voices to present a lyrical, emotionally charged portrait of everyday survival. The result is an unforgettable exploration of familial inheritance, human resilience, and the histories we assign to ourselves, reminding us that the deepest bonds are forged not by blood, but by fire.

About Kimberly Garza

Kimberly Garza is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the University of North Texas, where she earned a PhD in 2019. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, Creative Nonfiction, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A native Texan—born in Galveston, raised in Uvalde—she is an assistant professor of creative writing and literature at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The Last Karankawas is her first novel.

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Event date: 
Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Last Karankawas: A Novel By Kimberly Garza Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250819857
Availability: Available at wholesaler. We can order it for you.
Published: Henry Holt and Co. - August 9th, 2022

A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice An Indie Next Pick Named a Most Anticipated and Must-Read Book by BuzzFeed, Book Riot, and Ms. MagazineOne of Washington Independent Review of Books' Favorite Books of 2022