Growing up poor in Depression-era South Georgia is hard enough, but Roger "Bud" MacLeod has it tougher than most. All he wants is a calm, quiet childhood. Instead, he and his siblings are caught between warring parents whose secrets threaten to tear the family apart. He'll have to grow up fast, just to endure. Before Bud can discover his strengths and confront the sins of his parents, though, he'll need to grasp his own truth: that he can't embrace his future until he comes to terms with his past.

Hardscrabble Road takes you along on Bud MacLeod's journey of betrayal and love, murder and sacrifice, and his struggle for survival of body and soul.
During the Great Depression, the U.S.
government illegally deported more than a
million Mexican-American citizens to make room
on the welfare rolls and alleviate unemployment for
white Americans. Many of these poor souls never made
it back home.

Carlos Moreno is a young man who only has known
hardship and poverty, chasing rumors of work
throughout Texas in the 1920s. Yet he remains a
romantic at heart and hopeful of a better life. Pursued
by a renegade Texas Ranger who thinks he holds the
key to a secret, Carlos takes refuge in “Little Mexico,”
Houston’s colorful, boisterous barrio. He picks the worst
possible time to fall in love. As the U.S. launches its
repatriation campaign, the ranger joins forces with
Immigration agents to step up his personal manhunt.
Now Carlos and his wife will have to rely on courage
and ingenuity to avoid the dragnet that will ensnare an
entire population.
© George Weinstein
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