Not unlike many Chicano, Latino or Mexican-American writers, Gilb is culturally illiterate, in both English and Spanish. The drab stories of humble people from Mexico who fumble in the U.S. results in a series of stories of compelling pathos: drunks, women knocked up, discrimination, economic failure. In other words, this books champions the idiotic idea that Hispanics should embrace the Cult of Victimology. Well, they shouldn't. Why Hispanics should portray themselves and their lives as those of losers defies belief. Better any book by Julia Alvarez, Isabel Allende any day of the week.