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The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez
by John Rechy
In The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, Amalia Gomez thinks she sees a large silver cross in the sky. A miraculous sign, perhaps, but one the down-to-earth Amalia does not trust. Through Amalia, we take a vivid and moving tour of the "other Hollywood," populated by working-class Mexican Americans, as John Rechy blends tough realism with religious and cultural fables to take ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 21st 2001 by Grove Press
(first published 1991)
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Amalia Gomez is a Hispanic single mother trying to come to terms with her past and present. She is a complex character who at times you feel sorry for. Other times, you she is frustratingly single tracked. She tries to come to terms with her past while ignoring her present and at the expense of her kids. Rechy creates a tapestry. His use of diction to portray a disenfranchised single mother in Los Angeles is chilling and spot on. I am not Amalia Gomez, but I have encountered a lot of Amalias in ...more
I very highly recommend this book. This is my first experience with Rechy's writing but it will certainly not be my last. What a talented writer! The book is very short but extremely powerful. And he describes Los Angeles so perfectly -- not the LA that most people know, but the neighborhoods. If you've ever been in East LA or the "other" side of Hollywood, you will recognize it immediately. I did some teaching work in East LA for a while at a school of predominantly Latino children, and his ...more
Amalia is a devout Roman Catholic but doesn't seem to like anyone, including herself, very much at all. She thinks she is superior for some reason because she is a Mexican-American, as opposed to a Mexican or Central American immigrant, sort of the type who would feel very threatened and invaded when and if a non-Hispanic were to speak to her in Spanish. Yet, she is to be pitied, indeed. She is stuck in the cycle of poverty, with cruddy men, a son who committed suicide in a jail, another who is ...more
John Rechy is an American author, the child of a Scottish father and a Mexican-American mother. In his novels he has written extensively about homosexual culture in Los Angeles and wider America, and is among the pioneers of modern LGBT literature. Drawing on his own background, he has also contributed to Chicano literature, especially with his novel The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez, which is ...moreMore about John Rechy...