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Chasing Shadows: Stories
Lucrecia Guerrero's shimmering debut collection paints a vivid, beautiful, and haunting portrait of life in a fictional U.S./Mexican border town as it traces the crossed paths of a cast of characters whose lives intersect in surprising ways. By turns funny, poetic, and clear-sighted, appealing to readers of Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende, and Sandra Cisneros, Guerrero's st ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2000 by Chronicle Books
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These eleven short stories are all set in the fictional Arizona border town of Mesquite. Unlike a Texas border town, there is no river; which projects a more impoverished and desolate mood into this Texan's mind. Frontera Street is divided by a fence, from which there is not a crossing point. Most of the characters of this book either live on Frontera or come to visit. The characters, like the setting, too are bound by a fence. They are bound by little or no hope to better their lives, they are ...more
Series of short stories about the residents of Mesquite, AZ, a poor, dusty little border town, this works like a hispanic soap opera of sorts. Love the intertwining of lives and the gamut of human experiences, some stories lingered in my mind, most had quieter endings. Characters include the young brothers Riquis, born with the misfortune of looking like his good-for-nothing father, and Flaco who is kinder and less angry and gets the girl who attracts the unwanted attentions of her teacher; Cook ...more