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Acclaimed Chicano writer Gilb's collection of short stories set in the American Southwest won the PEN Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award. $35,000 ad/promo. Author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
These plain-spoken stories take readers to construction sites and cheap rentals where chronically underemployed, necessarily mobile, struggling yet optimistic Texas Mexicans survive in an ungenerous world. Skilled laborers and tenuous families come alive in the undramatic settings and seethe with the blood and passion that transform ordinary events into the stuff of stories. In "Nancy Flores," a breathtaking depiction of first love flows into the enigmatically sordid fall of a youthful hero. "Winners on the Pass Line" pairs the fates of two restless visitors to Las Vegas who connect briefly and profoundly. Gilb's lesser stories meander into facile or abrupt endings, but the best are as unexpectedly beguiling and unforgettable as the arid stretches between their settings in El Paso and Los Angeles. Recommended for public libraries and area collections.
- Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Not unlike many Chicano, Latino or Mexican-American writers, Gilb is culturally illiterate, in both English and Spanish. Read morePublished on Sept. 21 2002 by Mark Seeba
i read "The Magic of Blood" because my mom told me to read an article the author wrote in the new yorker magazine a week ago. Read morePublished on March 22 2000 by Maria Gonzalez
The stories in this collection are okay -- glimpes into the lives of working-class Mexican-Americans -- but are nothing more than okay. I have met Mr. Read morePublished on Sept. 8 1999
If I could give this more stars I would. The best book of stories about working people I've read ever. And Mexican American. I can't wait to read more by this guy. Read morePublished on March 30 1999