Rubén Degollado’s THROW Releases

Slant is proud to announce that Rubén Degollado’s novel is released today and is available for purchase through the Wipf & Stock website, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble

Set in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, Throw is an unforgettable novel that beautifully mixes love, loss, and the pains of growing up and claiming an identity. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out these reviews from notable authors like Luís Alberto Urrea and Francisco X. Stork!



“Rubén Degollado joins the list of honored writers exploring this ancient and mythic Texas land. His novel shimmers and burns with extraordinary light. I can hear the people talking in my dreams.”

—Luís Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels


Throw completely transported me back to the 1990s Rio Grande Valley and the critical turning points in a teenager’s life. In his unforgettable protagonist, Güero, Rubén Degollado beautifully depicts the many-layered beings we all are: vulnerable and tender-hearted beneath a hard exterior as we navigate a world of love, family, and friendships—all in hopes of finding a place to belong.”

— Natalia Sylvester, author of Everyone Knows You Go Home and Chasing the Sun


“There are books written with the mind and books written with the heart. Throw by Rubén Degollado is written with both. It’s not just that you see a familiar reality presented intensely, accurately, la pura verdad, the way you know it really is. It is also that you see it, finally, the way it should be seen, the way it should be understood and loved, by all.”

—Francisco X. Stork, author of Disappeared


“Rubén Degollado’s debut young adult novel Throw . . . captures many of the obstacles young men and women face growing up: gangs, alcoholism, broken homes, the need to be loved; at the same time, Throw lifts the spirit, reminding us of the importance of forgiveness, acceptance, and letting go. . . . The tale of La Llorona, her love, loss, and inability to forgive, is a part of the Mexican-American experience and Degollado’s fresh take on an abuelita’s cautionary tale captures its essence and spins it with a modern perspective for future generations to enjoy.”

—Malín Alegria, author of Estrella’s Quinceañera


“I have waited, literally, a decade or more to see this book in print. Here it is. . . . I am not alone any more. Degollado has done what only a handful in my beautiful Río Grande Valley of South Texas have done: captured it in its full glory and grit to share it with the world: among them, Américo Paredes, Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, Narciso Martínez, Freddy Fender, and Genaro González. Now, Rubén Degollado.”

—Dr. René Saldaña, author and professor, Texas Tech University