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Frontera Street

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  75 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
A richly imagined debut novel of friendship and forgiveness, Frontera Street explores the physical, cultural, and emotional borders that shape our lives, Carrying secrets and an unborn child, Dee Paxton leaves the affluent neighborhood of her youth and walks straight into Frontera Street Fabrics -- a little shop in the barrio only blocks from her home, but worlds apart. Th ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 2002 by NAL Trade (first published 2002)
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Mar 01, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
My Amazon review: While Frontera Street carries a strong message about crossing borders, both physical and self-imposed, the story that reveals the message is unbelievably full of extreme highs and lows. From the loss of husbands, lovers, jobs and businesses to the excitement of new love, full scholarships, babies and quinceaneras, it is impossible to get to know these characters and their true selves. Back stories and dirty laundry abound but do not amount to real insight into each characters h ...more
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Mar 28, 2010 Judy King rated it liked it
Shelves: mexico-latin
Quick entertaining read about the crossing of cultural boundries -- geographic, community, class, family, stereotypical, more.

Likeable characters, sweet story, surprising twists. Good inside view of border life.
Apr 27, 2009 Chambodia rated it it was ok
This felt too much like a PC handbook for me to truly enjoy it. The best parts of the novel are when the characters interact with each other the way most of us do, one on one, instead of one demographic to another.
May 14, 2009 Natalie rated it it was ok
This was a fast read, but it wasn't that great. Pretty predictable...the dad comes back & the mom gets with the teacher. I also do not like books that use words from another language in regular sentences and I'm supposed to figure out what they mean w.o translation. It's annoying.
Sep 05, 2010 Anne rated it liked it
Dee Paxton doesn't know where to go or who to turn to after her 28 year old husband dies unexpectedly of a brain aneurysm. She ends up in her hometown on the TX/Mexico border where she applies for a job in a fabric shop on the "wrong" side of town.
Dec 22, 2009 Katherine rated it liked it
This is definitely Chicana chic lit but very well written and while predictable I enjoyed it. Set in Texas border town a young Anglo widow from the Westside finds family and love in the barrio.
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Dec 02, 2015 Kristin R rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Great book about friendship and community. A young woman grieving for her husband ends up in a neighborhood very foriegn to her and they become her family.
May 21, 2010 Desiree rated it really liked it
Loved this story of women who come together due to some sad circumstances and become friends. Something they never would have imagined to ever happen due to racial and economic lines. Great read!!
Oct 03, 2011 Stephanie rated it liked it
This is a quick read that was enjoyable. However, the end was predictable and a just too neat, which was disappointing.
Jun 06, 2008 Cynthia rated it liked it
Sweet sappy story of poor/rich on the border and why warm Latino culture is better than cold white-people ways. I liked it.
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