Migrations and Other Stories
In the story entitled "The Neighbor," seventy-nine-year-old Sarita has just called 911 to report a disturbance next door. Sarita doesn't much like her neighbor Matilde and thinks she's a fool to put up with the philandering boyfriend who beats her. But Sarita feels obligated to help because Matilde's mother was her best friend. "That's for not singing at your funeral, even...more
Published March 1st 2007 by Arte Publico Press
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A well-written collection of stories. It was an excellent companion to the academic ms. I was editing during working hours (on a Mexican migrant community with ties to Stockton, CA). Her depiction of Mexican-American life in LA rang true, although I don't have firsthand knowledge. But the little details made it all convincing. This is her first book, and I hope she goes on to publish a novel or two.
So far so good. I actually got this book from a library sale for a buck. I was immediately drawn to the title and the cover art. Being Latina, I can relate to some of the author's adventures. I've been reading memoirs like this to get a feel for the genre before I write my own. :)
A good book. Sometimes it seemed a bit inauthentic and superficial, but then it is short stories, and I am not a hispanic immigration expert, so what do I know? Good enough to make me want to look for more from the author, so I suppose that is a decent endorsement.