The Last Tortilla: and Other Stories
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The Last Tortilla: and Other Stories

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"She asked me if I liked them. And what could I say? They were wonderful." From the very beginning of Sergio Troncoso's celebrated story "Angie Luna," we know we are in the hands of a gifted storyteller. Born of Mexican immigrants, raised in El Paso, and now living in New York City, Troncoso has a rare knack for celebrating life. Writing in a straightforward, light-handed...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by University of Arizona Press
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My general review: I enjoyed reading this book. This book, however, made me realize that reading a book of short stories is tedious for me, since you have to pick up with new characters and new "plots" with each story.

The overall tone of the stories in this book is melancholic. The stories focus on what happens in the lives of people every day: no extreme, unrealistic scenarios. It also gives a glimpse into parts of the Hispanic culture, especially that of the importance of family. Mr. Troncoso...more
I need to read this again before I can do it justice (it's been a while), but I was surprised to discover I didn't rate the book that started one of the greatest modern literary careers. More to come -
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Great Chicano lit!
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In the introduction to the collection of short stories, Ilan Stavans comments about Troncoso – “He makes art out of ordinariness.” I couldn’t say it better.

In the title story, siblings struggle to celebrate a traditional Christmas following the death of their mother, and their father’s remarriage to a woman the children do not like. [i]Angie Luna[/i] tells the story of a college student home for the holidays who falls for an “older” woman who lives across the border in Juarez. In [i]Punching Ch...more
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Interesting collection. As with all short story collections there are some I liked more than others. Entertaining all in all.
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Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories, Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He co-edited Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence.

From This Wicked Patch of Dust:
“Troncoso’s novel is an engaging literary achievement.”
---Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Nuanced and authentic."
---The Dall...more
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From This Wicked Patch of Dust Crossing Borders: Personal Essays The Nature of Truth Our Lost Border: Essays on Life amid the Narco-Violence Letter to my Young Sons

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“I held Angie Luna in that room for hours, and I remember the different times we made love like epochs in a civilization, each movement and every touch, apex upon abyss. In the luxury of our bed, we tried every position and every angle. I explored the curves on her body and delighted in seeing the freedom of her ecstasy. Her desperate whispers and pleas. I told her I loved her, and she said she loved me too. We lay in bed with our limbs entangled, in a pacific silence that reminded me of existing on a beach just for the sake of such an existence. I couldn't imagine the world ever becoming better, and for some strange reason the thought slipped into my head that I had suddenly grown to be an old man because I could only hope to repeat, but never improve on, a night like this. I finally took her home sometime when the interstate was empty, and the bridges seemed to lead to nowhere, for they were desolate too.” 2 likes
“There were three eighteen-wheelers backed up against a huge warehouse. Three metal ramps dropped from the back of these trucks more or less in the direction of the warehouse. The warehouse itself was like a cavern: dark, eerily quiet, and spooky. The air was thick inside, as if the shadows were somewhere between being nothing and becoming black gelatin. The cages and the smell. That's what I noticed first. Hundreds and hundreds of small cages. All in neat rows. Planks on the floor separating each row of cages. And a horrible smell of feathers and chicken shit and dust everywhere, this impossibly thick air! A stench that made me gag at first. Yet, after the first hour, I didn't smell it anymore. I also remember that, before we started, when the warehouse was quiet, the feathers and pieces of feathers dangling from the wire mesh seemed even delicate.

We were to unload the semis and carry the chickens to the warehouse and put them into cages, two in each cage. We were to unload and carry chickens.”
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