Benbrook, TX Author Publishes Historical Fiction Novel

October 05, 2023 (PRLEAP.COM) Entertainment News
I Am Brown, a new book by Paul Dilley, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.

Written as historical fiction, I Am Brown tells the historical relationship among Smeltertown, ASARCO, the EPA, and the residents along the El Paso-Mexican border. In the early 1980s, Smeltertown was but a faint memory, where its residence had been forced to relocate over ten years ago. There was nothing but a few adobe remnants and the remains of its cemetery that still loomed under the shadow of the country's tallest smokestack, and ASARCO the Smelter that pumped a record amount of pollutants out of those smoke stacks.

Just over a decade earlier at the foot of those smokestacks there existed a community of ASARCO workers and their families that had once numbered over five thousand called Smeltertown. These Smelter workers started building their small adobe huts in the late 1890s. At its largest, it had restaurants, markets, cantinas, a post office, a Catholic parish, and even a YMCA.

Delving into topics of immigration, this book carries forward familiar themes that are still relevant today, putting a personal face to history and while offering a better understanding of the Hispanic culture unique to the El Paso border. Smeltertown is a part of El Paso's border history, that many would be all too happy to ignore and forget.

About the Author
Paul Dilley was born and raised in Texas. He attended college in southern Mississippi, and then settled in El Paso, where he worked in research and development in the Paint and Coatings Industry. This is his first published book.

I Am Brown is a 150-page hardbound with a retail price of $22.00 (eBook $17.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6366-1603-2. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at

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