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Lengua Fresca: Latinos Writing on the Edge

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Brazen, bold, edgy, and fresh: an unexpected take on Latino life, spotlighting some of the culture’s most exciting innovative and emerging voices.

An entertaining, provocative and often exhilarating collection, Lengua Fresca celebrates some of the most original and cutting-edge work to emerge from the cultural collide that is Latino life in the United States. Featuring an
Paperback, 226 pages
Published November 16th 2006 by Mariner Books
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Monica Alvarez
Jun 23, 2014 Monica Alvarez rated it it was amazing
what a great collection. this book has undoubtedly introduced me to the type of authors I've been looking for for a long time. the chosen contributors write how I speak, how I communicate. I finally see me and my people in fiction and in real life. I can understand stories, I can see depth, I believe that Latino literature is not dead. and its people like me and like them that will carry these words and stories forward. I can see how someone who doesn't speak the language or understand the dialo ...more
Maria Maniaci
This is charming collection of poems, comics, essays and short stories of varied theme and quality that purports to be the new wave of Latino writing, which means the authors are varied and not the same stale mix of tried and true diehards. The title Lengua Fresca riffs on the idea that they're purposefully embracing "Spanglish," but some of these stories (a minority) are actually in Spanish--just a head's up. Not every story included is great, but there are some real gems, and the good outweigh ...more
Oct 14, 2007 Tony rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
Although one can certainly argue about what "the edge" is and who is qualified to determine it, there can be little argument that this anthology is a welcome sampling of contemporary Latino-American writing. For full review, see
Jan 08, 2009 Steve rated it liked it
I know too little of Spanglish to understand some of the entries in the anthology, but the pieces in English from new Spanish/American authors are funny, ribald and reveal that life in these United States is becoming increasingly accented by Latino/Hispanic culture.
Aug 06, 2007 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: stalled-out
i like these short stories a lot; very well-written vignettes; especially like the spanglish; like the Urrea story the best so far
Great mix of stories, poems, essays & other texts: cartoons, a restaurant menu, email chains, plays.
Feb 03, 2009 S added it
El chango was my favorite. some not so great, per usual anthology style.
Jul 07, 2009 Eliza rated it really liked it
some good stories, love the intro
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