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The Plum Plum Pickers
The Clasicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics series is intended to ensure the long-term accessibility of deserving works of Chicano literature and culture that have become unavailable over the years or that are in imminent danger of becoming inaccessible. Each of the volumes includes an introduction contextualizing the work within Chicano literature and a bibliography of works ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published January 1st 1984 by Bilingual Review Press (AZ)
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Hailed as an important work of Chicanx Lit, this book takes place in the famed Alviso ghost town called Drawbridge. It chronicles the plight of farmworkers in local orchards and fields. As I researched Drawbridge's history, I found no evidence of the newspaper, high school, or communities Barrio references. I even emailed an employee of the wildlife refuge where the town's remains sink into the marshland; she wrote Drawbridge was "mostly a vacation place for hunters and anglers, and there were ...more
Barrio's The Plum Plum Pickers depicts the difficulties faced by a migrant community that work on the Turners' plum farm in Drawbridge of the Santa Clara County in California. The owner of The Western Grande fruit plantation, Frederick Turner, cares none for his produce pickers and only cares about the money they bring him through their labor. Barrio paints him as a heartless, greedy man who refuses to provide decent wages and decent living conditions for his workers. His manager, Mr. Quill ...more