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Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse
by Ana Castillo
Watercolor Women / Opaque Men is a wild and raucous narrative of a single, working mother, the daughter of Chicano migrant workers, and her struggles for upward mobility. With a remarkable combination of tenderness, wicked humor, and biting satire, the main character, Ella-or "She"-moves toward establishing her sexual identity (she has affairs with both men and women) and ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Curbstone Books
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This is, indeed, a novel in verse--mostly three-line stanzas in narrative form but with mythological references contrasting contemporary/quotidian images of cleaning toilets and getting hit on by a college professor. There's a lot of heavy-handedness here, but the verse form helped me get over that. The poetic lines and repeated motifs softened the hard edges and gave the work a larger, more mythological sense of "Ella"--the everywoman protagonist.