Sex as a Political Condition: A Border Novel is a raucous journey through political dangers that come in all shapes, cup sizes, and sexual identitiesùa trip into the wild, sometimes disgusting world of the Texas-Mexico border and all geographical and anatomical points south.
HonorΘ del Castillo runs the family curio shop in the backwater border town of Escand≤n, Texas, and fears dying in front of his TV like some six-pack JosΘ in his barrio. Encouraged by his friend Trotsky, he becomes politically activeùsmuggling refugees, airlifting guns to Mexican revolutionaries, negotiating with radical Chicana lesbiansùbut the naked truths he faces are more often naked than true and constantly threaten to unman him. When a convoy loaded with humanitarian aid bound for Nicaragua pulls into Escand≤n, HonorΘ sees his chance, and his journey to becoming a true revolutionary hero begins, first on Escand≤nÆs international bridge and then on the highways of Mexico. But not until both the convoy and HonorΘÆs mortality and manhood are threatened in Guatemala does he finally confront the complications of his love for his wife and daughter, his political principles, the stench of human fear, and ultimately what it means to be a principled man in a screwed-up world.