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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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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
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.
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.