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Crossing vines : a novel

Author: Rigoberto González
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, ©2003.
Series: Chicana & Chicano visions of the Américas, v. 2.
Edition/Format:   book_printbook : Fiction : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In the grim reality of Southern California's grape fields, even the sun is a dark spot. For the migrant grape pickers in Crossing Vines, Rigoberto Gonzalez's novel that spans a single workday, the sun is a constant, malevolent force. The characters endure back-breaking, monotonous work as they succumb to the whims of their corrupt bosses. Each minute the sun rises higher in the sky is an eternity."
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Genre/Form: Psychological fiction
Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rigoberto González
ISBN: 080613528X 9780806135281
OCLC Number: 50809294
Description: 216 p. ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Chicana & Chicano visions of the Américas, v. 2.
Responsibility: Rigoberto González.

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"In the grim reality of Southern California's grape fields, even the sun is a dark spot. For the migrant grape pickers in Crossing Vines, Rigoberto Gonzalez's novel that spans a single workday, the sun is a constant, malevolent force. The characters endure back-breaking, monotonous work as they succumb to the whims of their corrupt bosses. Each minute the sun rises higher in the sky is an eternity."

"The textures, smells, sights, and emotions of their daily existences engulf the lives of the Mexican laborers. Scarce drinking water, sweltering heat, splintered fingers, contempt for the job, and violence toward one another compose their unflinchingly dark world. In Gonzalez's brutally honest story, the characters are compelled forward mercilessly by the rising crisis that envelops their interconnected stories. This uncompromisingly thought-provoking tale gives names and faces to the anonymous agricultural laborers, whose lives are like the tangles vines of the fruits of their labor."

"Not since Tomas Rivera's ... And the Earth Did Not Devour Him has a novel converged on the lives of migrant workers so profoundly. Like Rivera, Gonzalez employs nostalgia for Mexican tradition as he looks at the family feuds, economic injustices, and racism prevalent in the migrant worker experience."--Jacket.

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