I read the first story in Chicano Chicanery--"Andy the Office Boy"--online, and I have to admit, from the title, I wasn't expecting much. But then I met the story's protagonist, Rachel Garcia, a Harvard Law School graduate from El Paso, Texas, who finds herself the only woman of color in a Minnesota law firm upon graduating. Though this is Chacon's least favorite story in the collection, it is arguably the best. The Rachel Garcia character is captured deftly in only a few pages. The reader knows who she is, where she's come from and where she's going. As a result, we understand why she resents being forced to do menial tasks such as pick out a present for Andy, how she feels when white Minnesotans stare at her--a Chicana with a briefcase. We even understand that her actions at the end of the story are her attempt to overcome the alienation and disconnectedness she feels rather than Chacon's sexism, as one reviewer insinuated. In addition to "Andy the Office Boy," Chicano Chicanery features many other standout stories--"Godoy Lives"--which contains even more chicanery than "Andy," "Too White," "Torture Fantasy," "Ofrenda" and more. In the collection, we meet young Chicanos and Chicanas at a crossroads--grappling with ethnic identity and interpersonal relationships, success and failure, in a trickster world. It is regrettable more people haven't read this book. I look forward to the April 2004 release of Chacon's debut novel, And the Shadows Took Him.