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Every Night Is Ladies' Night: Stories

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  106 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
With a cast of characters so vivid they seem to leap from the page, this collection of linked short stories offers a portrait of individuals aching to find their place in an indifferent world. The characters who inhabit these stories -- teenagers, beauty queens, race car drivers, and even grandfathers -- fall in love, strive to make ends meet, or search for answers to thei ...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published February 3rd 2004)
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Dec 30, 2008 Chelseaahnae rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who had doubts about their life
well, I only have read the first chapter;

It starts off talking about this boy who likes this girl Violet.
It doesn't mention his name.
But it talks about his sister as well.
his sister is this girl who dates the wrong sort
of guys and gets into trouble - hangs out with a bad crowd...
Anyways, It's how his mom's so strict and
how his sister's always doing bad things.
and in the end of that one short story,
the sister runs away with her tatoo-artist of a boyfriend.
Joshua Rigsby
Fantastic collection of short stories. Jaime-Becerra's El Monte is a specific place that is accurately, meaningfully, and delightfully rendered. It deflates all the literary fluff that surrounds New York City as a subject and offers an honest portrayal of life in Southern California. I'd recommend it to anyone.
May 26, 2008 Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GREAT set of short stories. Can't recommend it enough. Its stories are a "community" (an interesting trend among many minority writers in the United States), meaning that characters, settings, thoughts, and histories reoccurr in different stories, allowing certain stories to enhance others and giving the collection a cohesion resembling that of a novel while retaining the vital characteristics of short stories. Every character in this collection is beautifully rendered, and they range from teena ...more
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Jun 30, 2011 Mona AlvaradoFrazier rated it really liked it
The characters and contemporary setting drawn by Becerra came alive as soon as I read the first pages. He is able to do this throughout the book with several different characters in different age groups, genders, and ethnicity. The chapters read like interconnected short stories where you discover people and places you may have never run into before. The writer does a great job of drawing characters from blue-collar lives into three dimensional people that you may have never stopped to talk too, ...more
Nov 13, 2014 Janellyn51 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up because my friend Nan Goldin took the photo on the cover. It was well worth it. It was a bunch of short stories to do with El Monte Calif. It goes back and forth between Cal. and Mexico and the people drift in and out of one story, coming back in another. The characters are very well drawn. The author really has that thing where you can read a longish story and then it just ends on an odd note, not tying up loose ends, but still you know the characters keep going without you. I ...more
Jan 09, 2017 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it took me a bit to become invested in this book, I'm glad I kept reading. The stories were subtly interconnected and, in my opinion, were an apt and relatable representation of Chicanos in the 80s (including the generational and cross cultural issues that come with being Mexican American in Southern California). The one problem I had with this book is the
cover, I have no idea why that particular picture was chosen and I feel like it misrepresents the book.
Jul 21, 2010 Kamala rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like collections of short stories that re-visit characters or that are set in the same location with different characters and this book does this really well. The stories, though I wouldn't say they do something totally new, are well-written, engaging and deal with a great variety of perspectives in a Mexican-American community in Southern California. I had a great time reading this even when I was super tired lying in bed or drunk lying in bed or even sitting up!
Jul 18, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of 10 interconnected stories set in the hardscrabble, blue-collar town of El Monte captures the essence of Latino life in Southern California. After reading a few of the stories, I kept thinking to myself "can life really be this hard all of the time?" My only complaint is the stories ended too soon with very little closure. On the other hand, I'm sure Becerra intended such.
Oct 04, 2007 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Junot Diaz
This is a really terrific collection of interconnected stories, very engrossing and lovely. It's sort of like a West Coast Mexican/Californian version of Junot Diaz' East Coast Dominican/New Jersey Drown.
Karla Callejas c
Takes place in El Monte, California. Nice to read about familiar streets and places. If you enjoy this book, read Brandon Skyhorse's "Madonnas Of Echo Park".
Apr 28, 2008 victor is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
i dug the first few stories and then lost the book which sucks because it's not my book.
Victoria Patterson
A tender homage to El Monte, California. The author gives his characters a quiet dignity.
Apr 03, 2008 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love short stories. This is a collection that fleshes out the flavor and essence of the Latino community in the San Gabriel Valley . . . El Monte in particular. Another point of view of LA.
Jan 04, 2009 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm just not a short stories's a major flaw in my reading character.
Steven Maus
Oct 01, 2008 Steven Maus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All who love contemporary literature
Recommended to Steven by: My teacher, Patrick Finn
Excellent! The people within lead twisted lives in which they do their best against strings of bad luck and bad decisions.
May 21, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. Short stories with some continuing characters.
Aug 24, 2009 Virg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Closer to 4.5. I don't think I've ever read anything that characterizes this part of Southern California as well.
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Michael Jaime-Becerra grew up in El Monte, California, a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. He received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine, and currently teaches creative writing at University of California, Riverside. His short-story collection, Every Night Is Ladies’ Night, was named one of the best of the year by The Washington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle. It was award ...more
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