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|ISBN:||0679738568 9780679738565 9780780743984 0780743989|
|Notes:||"Originally published in hardcover by Random House, Inc., New York, in 1991"--Title page verso.|
|Awards:||Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, 1993.|
|Description:||xii, 165 pages ; 21 cm.|
|Contents:||I. My Lucy friend who smells like corn. My Lucy friend who smells like corn ; Eleven ; Salvador late or early ; Mexican movies ; Barbie-Q ; Mericans ; Tepeyac --
II. One holy night. One holy night ; My Tocaya --
III. There was a man, there was a woman. Woman Hollering Creek ; The Marlboro man ; La fabulosa : a Texas operetta ; Remember the Alamo ; Never marry a Mexican ; Bread ; Eyes of Zapata ; Anguiano religious articles rosaries statues ; Little miracles, kept promises ; Los boxers ; There was a man, there was a woman ; Tin tan tan ; Bien pretty.
|Series Title:||Vintage contemporaries.|
This volume is a collection of short stories originally published in 1991 that reflect the author's experience of being surrounded by American influences while still being familiarly bound to her Mexican heritage as she grew-up north of the Mexico-US border. The short vignettes focus on the social role of women and their relationships with the men and other women in their lives. The majority of the characters are stereotypes: men embody machismo while women are naive and generally weak. The author focuses on three feminine clichés: the passive virgin, sinful seductress, and traitorous mother. Not properly belonging to either Mexico or America, the Chicana protagonists earnestly search for their identity, only to discover abuse and shattered dreams. Apart from focusing on these issues of struggling females, this work simultaneously develops the readers' sensitivity towards the lives of immigrants.
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- Mexican Americans -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
- Mexican-American Border Region -- Social life and customs -- Fiction.
- Western United States -- Fiction.
- Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
- Manners and customs.
- Mexican Americans -- Social life and customs.
- North America -- Mexican-American Border Region.
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