The House of Order, the first collection of composite stories by John Paul Jaramillo, presents a stark vision of American childhood and family, set in Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. Manito Ortiz sorts family truth from legend as broken as the steel industry and the rusting vehicles that line Spruce Street. The only access to his lost family's story is his uncle, the unreliable Neto Ortiz.
~~~ (Summary from Goodreads) ~~~
‘The House of Order’ is a collection of short stories. I guess it would be more appropriate to describe it as a collection of snippets off the Ortiz family saga. The Ortiz family is highly dysfunctional as the men are abusive and the women strive to have a normal life. Manito is one of the most important characters and is featured in almost all the stories.
The writer’s style of writing and his language is quite unique. I have not had an opportunity to read anything like this before and thus it was a new experience for me – one that I enjoyed thoroughly. John has put a healthy dose of Spanish words in it and so I had to keep the online translator open and constantly refer to it. I have learnt quite a few new words! The equations between each character are different and mostly enjoyable.
The only negative part about the book is that sometimes it gets too confusing to understand who is narrating the story. Otherwise this is quite a wholesome book that is bound whet the appetite of a wide range of bookworms.