Rolando Hinojosa has an encompassing aesthetic vision based upon achieving an understanding of society through developing an understanding of its common people. Neither an idealist nor an ideologue, Hinojosa has captured the pulse of a community. By depicting that community through the perceptions of a representative sampling of its members, he has defined what it is to be a Mexican American in southern Texas in the last half of the twentieth century.
To tell his stories effectively, Hinojosa has devised an original format for the novel. Similar approaches have been taken by other writers, notably William Faulkner, who, like Hinojosa, invented a county and populated it with fictional characters drawn directly from life.