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Golondrina, Why Did You Leave Me?: A Novel (Chicana Matters Series)

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The golondrina is a small and undistinguished swallow. But in Spanish, the word has evoked a thousand poems and songs dedicated to the migrant's departure and hoped-for return. As such, the migrant becomes like the swallow, a dream-seeker whose real home is nowhere, everywhere, and especially in the heart of the person left behind.

The swallow in this story is Amada Garcia,
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Paperback, 242 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by University of Texas Press
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By Bárbara Renaud González
University of Texas Press

Barbara Renaud Gonzalez’s contribution to the works on Mexican immigration that in recent years have dominated Chicano literature could have been subtitled “Yearnings.” Each of her characters longs for an elusive something, whether romance, a patrimony, a decent living or “home”; each is convinced the dream can be found across the border or across the state line.

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I had been wanting to read this book for so long, the whole time I was studying for my exam this book was calling to me and when I finally got around to reading it, I felt a little let down. I love the topic and the idea behind the book, I think there should be more stories that speak of the immigrant experience, the real-life stories of everyday people who struggle and survive. I think the author tried to do too much in one book... it was like she just needed to get all this stuff off her chest ...more
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it was very interesting in the beginning and then its just slow descriptions of their life. nothing really happened at the end to keep my attention. boring...
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