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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
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Paperback, 220 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by University of Arizona Press
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Jennifer
Oct 17, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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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
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Max
Dec 14, 2013 Max rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of the short story once again. In so few words the author brings great depth to the daily life of his characters and twists my gut by the end of the story. If you haven't been there Troncosco takes you there even if you didn't want to go. He makes you feel. I took a break from this book because the overall tone is despondency. However, this author could change a thousand lives if he were to make the ordinary a celebration!*

I'm still thinking. This is a book that makes you feel and thi
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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 -
Emily Barton
Aug 05, 2012 Emily Barton rated it really liked it
Great Chicano lit!
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This was my second time reading Sergio Troncoso's wonderful book.
It definitely gave me a view of an"other" slice of American life.
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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
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Laura
Apr 27, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Powerfully written collection of short stories that touch on everyday life of Mexican-Americans living mainly in El Paso, but also in large cities such as Chicago and New York. Beautiful and poignant, they explore all the human emotions against an every day setting. Simply wonderful.
Maria
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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 a writer of essays, short stories, and novels. He often writes about the United States-Mexico border, immigration, philosophy in literature, families and fatherhood, and crossing cultural, religious, and psychological borders. Among the numerous awards he has won are the Premio Aztlan Literary Prize, Southwest Book Award, Bronze Award for Essays from ForeWord Reviews, Internatio ...more
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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.” 4 likes
“I hated seeing these spasmodic upside-down chicken heads stretching to puncture my flesh. I imagined once that they reached my groin and pecked out my penis and my huevos and kept pecking until they got to my gut and my eyes and my brain, until I was just a pecked-out piece of human meat surrounded by thousands of nervous, dirty white chickens. I think that was about the time I fucked up a pair of chicken heads against a warehouse wall when no one was looking. Well, almost no one. Rueben was right behind me, and that's when he grinned his stupid grin. Maybe he hated the chickens as much as I did. Maybe he just knew que ya me iba también a la chingada. Maybe I was going on my first joy ride to hell and back, and it was fun to watch.” 2 likes
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