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Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  6 reviews
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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Kelcey
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.
Steven
Jul 24, 2007 Steven rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
This was the first book I read by Ana Castillo and it was as excellent introduction to her work.
Lesley
with a chapter titled righteous white boys. how could you go wrong?
Jana
The way she wrote this novel, entirely in verse, was amazing.
Joe Brunory
well written poetry with plenty of ties to modern issues
Amy
a novel-poem. genius.
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