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The Road and Nothing More

by J.L. Bautista

with El León Literary Arts



October 2012

Critical Praise

Like its central character, the tenacious Senora Rosa, The Road, and Nothing More is spirited, no-nonsense and wry. J.L Bautista's epic depiction of the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath, told from the street-level view of housecleaner Senora Rosa, enfolds a family, a neighborhood, and a country, and breathes life into dark days without ever losing its hold on optimism and its sense of humor. This may seem strange to say about a novel on such grim subject, but with such compelling characters and hardy prose, reading it was a true delight.

—Shawna Yang Ryan, author of Water Ghosts

The Spanish Civil War, usually seen as a conflict between irreconcilable ideologies, emerges in J. L. Bautista's sensitive novel as a simple struggle for survival among ordinary Spaniards battered by bombs, hunger, and merciless fate. The reader engages with unforgettable characters—"she was little, but she shook her fist at the sky"—whose resilience and dignity affirm a timeless spirit.

—Peter N. Carroll, author of The Odyssey of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade: Americans in the Spanish Civil War

"An impassioned examination of the reasons for, and the consequences of, the Spanish Civil War. Told through the eye and the ear, and from the heart of, a woman. A woman you will want to honor. This is perception and narration of facts and feelings you will never find in history classes. Or in Hemingway."

—Chester Aaron, author of About Them

In 1931, the Second Spanish Republic and Rosa Laura are born, a mother and daughter story of ensuing civil war and the iron rule of Franco. The scent of orange blossoms in the heat of the day. An idle flirtation, the growl beneath the surface. J. L. Bautista promises a world of remembrance and, by the end, delivers an overflowing cup of life.

—Sandra Park, author of If You Live In A Small House