From Publishers Weekly
This collection of short fiction by contemporary Latin American women concerns travel "beyond the border" in two senses. It presents work by writers who, with the exception of Isabel Allende and Luisa Valenzuela, are largely unknown to English-language readers. In addition, its strongest stories deal with characters propelled beyond the boundaries of familiar experience. In "A Passion for Donna Summer" by Dominican Aida Cartagena Portalatin, the voice of the '70s disco diva exhorts a black girl to abandon her Catholic boarding school. She does, only to make the bitter discovery that her will to freedom, like Summer's music, is subverted by the strictures of a racist society. The narrator in Uruguayan Sylvia Lago's heartbreaking "Homelife" recounts how her husband's involvement with the mysterious Felipe ends in the destruction of her family and drives her from nearly everything she knows. These works set a high standard which, unfortunately, not all the pieces meet. Nevertheless, in collecting the stories and supplying bibliographies on the authors, the editors--academics in the field of Hispanic and Latin American studies--have made a valuable contribution.
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From Library Journal
Latin American women's fiction has received a great deal more recognition in the nine years since the first edition of this anthology. The new edition offers qualitative yardsticks as well, revealing that these writers are moving toward experimental literature and away from traditional, stereotypical concerns with domestic life, marriage, education, and other issues. There are even some militant feminist stories. Each story is followed by a bibliography, and the work concludes with a general bibliography and a second list of women writers not collected here. Strong stories come from well-known writers like Isabel Allende, Elena Poniatowska, and Luisa Valenzuela, and this volume also breaks a barrier by including stories from Brazilians Lygia Fagundes Telles and N lida Pi$on. It is hoped that nations other than Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Cuba will be better represented in future editions, as the canon becomes more accepting of Latin American literature, whether male or female. For all academic and public libraries.DRene Perez-Lopez, Norfolk P.L., VA
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