BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Award-winning author Rudy Ruiz, a Rio Grande Valley native, is winning lots of plaudits for his first novel, The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez.

Nora Comstock De Hoyis, founder of Las Comadres Para Las Americas, said: “Rudy Ruiz’s first novel is told with wit and verve. Entertaining and dramatic, this novel will delight readers and leave you wanting more.”

Sergio Troncoso, author of A Peculiar Kind of Immigrant’s Son, said: “A romantic and sentimental tale, The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez explores what bad choices and the ravages of time do to a border couple’s love. The many plot twists keep the reader guessing about that age-old question: Can you ever return to what you have lost in the past.”

Charlie Lovett, a New York Times’ bestseller and author of Escaping Dreamland and The Bookman’s Tale, said: “Rudy Ruiz perfectly captures the thunderclap of true love and the magical, terrible, and beautiful ways its storm plays out through the lives of his characters. A novel of redemption that will leave you in joyful tears.”

As a child, Ruiz lived in Matamoros and went to school In Brownsville. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Harvard.

Rudy Ruiz

His short fiction work has garnered severable notable awards, including four International Latino Book awards. These came for his short-story collection “Seven for the Revolution.” He also won the 2017 Gulf Coast Prize for Fiction.

Ruiz’s short stories have been published in the Notre Dame Review, Ninth Letter, Gulf Coast, and New Texas. He now lives in San Antonio with his wife and children.

In a Zoom conversation with Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor, Ruiz explained that his Valley roots helped in the creation of his novel’s storyline. In the conversation, Ruiz said he had drawn up a playlist of songs referenced in the book. The playlist can be found on Spotify. Click here to listen to the songs.

Hitting stores in time for Hispanic Heritage Month, The Resurrection of Fulgencio Ramirez is published in English and Spanish by Blackstone Publishing. To learn more about the novel and the author, log onto

Here is the Zoom conversation Ruiz had with Rio Grande Guardian editor Steve Taylor about the book:

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