I finished reading Caught in the Middle today, a sort of family history and political opinion piece written by Danny Quintana, a Salt Lake attorney. Danny Quintana and I were in law school together, some 30 to 33 years ago, but we’ve hardly spoken more than a few words to each other in all the time we’ve been acquainted. It took me by surprise when I learned he had been writing books, but he’s been doing it for a decade or more now.
I so enjoyed Caught in the Middle that I’m ordering some copies for presents. A few days ago I sent away for Danny’s other books.
What’s amazing about Caught in the Middle, at least to me personally, is how many parallels and odd little similarities there are to Danny and my lives. From the discrimination we’ve both felt firsthand, to his stepmother being from the same tiny town where my father settled us after he retired from the military. Danny and I were both born in New Mexico. Lived dirt poor. Spent part of our growing up years on farms. Moved to cities as we left the nest and went out on our own. Both wrestled. Spent time in Mexico. Went to the same law school. On and on, the odd little similarities continued as I turned the pages.
I love family histories anyway, and Caught in the Middle would be a great book without the similarities. But it was fun to read something that could have been my own family speaking, or to have something that Danny said stop me, because that could have been me who did this or that.
Caught in the Middle has some technical problems. It could use an editor, and a proof reader. But don’t let those minor flaws detract from you buying a copy. I loved every moment I was reading it, even when a few of his clan were saying that what’s wrong with America is the government doesn’t let them beat their children anymore. (I’ve actually had one of my own clan say that exact thing: “What’s wrong with America is they don’t let me beat my children.”)
Caught in the Middle is a thought piece. It’s a walk down one man’s family lane, true, but also the history of parts of New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. It’s a wonderful book that leaves one with a feeling that the future of America will be great, with less hate, more problem solving, and a melting pot population. Generation Y will take over and most likely successfully continue the freedom and invention that has defined one of the most unique and influential experiments the world has ever known.
Thanks to Danny for writing Caught in the Middle. I can’t wait to read more of his books.
Written by Waine Riches