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Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  56 Ratings  ·  8 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, 269 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Curbstone Press
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Amy
May 02, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing
a novel-poem. genius.
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Jan 16, 2017 Pia Mogollon rated it it was amazing
Thank you Ana Castilla for your sharp, direct and poignant voice. These are poems of life, of love, of struggle, adversity. All so eloquently, honestly stated. I love them. I love Ana Castillo.

Excerpt from "El Hijo"
...Other days when he was much less sullen it could b said, he marveled at the person
who had set an example of fortitude & tenacity, if not to emulate
than to admire...
But especially he counted as his good fate, how the woman who bore him
had resolved to nurture something
that in
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Innovative and provocative. I was initially dubious about the format but found that the writing style imparted a cadence to the story that enhanced its delivery. Perfect compliment to starting the year having read Henriquez's Book of Unknown Americans--and Eire's Learning to Die in Miami and Thorpe's Just Like Us in previous years--all of which provide both fictionalized and biographical glimpses into the kaleidoscope that is the Latino immigrant experience. Highly recommend.
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Jun 10, 2008 Kelcey rated it it was amazing
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.
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well written poetry with plenty of ties to modern issues
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