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George Rabasa won a Minnesota Book Award for his novel "Floating Kingdom," which told the story of a family living on an island in the Rio Grande. His new novel examines what happens to an American couple when they become embroiled with a dangerous character who shows them another side to Mexico.
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George Rabasa likes to take his characters to the borders of countries and morality. 

He says it stems from his heritage. He was born in Maine to Spanish refugee parents and grew up in Mexico City, so crossing borders is familiar to him. 

Rabasa now lives in Minnesota. 

In his latest novel, "The Cleansing," Rabasa tells the story of three friends who met in Mexico and have haunted each other's lives for decades. He spoke with MPR's Sea Stachura.