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Tia Gorda has always claimed Soledad was born con la pata caliente — with feet burning to be anywhere but here. In truth, Soledad couldn't wait to get beyond the stifling confines of West 164th Street, away from her superstitious, contentious family with their endless tragedies and petty fights; from the leering men with their potbellies, the slick-skinned teen girls with their raunchy mouths and snapping gum. At eighteen, Soledad couldn't get away from the volume and the violence of the barrio some call Dominican Heights fast enough. Two years later, an art student at Cooper Union with a gallery job and a hip East Village walk-up, Soledad feels eminently cool and infinitely far from the neighborhood where she grew up.

But when Gorda calls with the news that Olivia, Soledad's mother, has lapsed into an emotional coma, Soledad knows she hasn't escaped la familia. Gorda insists Soledad's return is the only thing that will cure Olivia. Fighting the memories of the life she's left — the broken hydrants on littered corners, her jealous cousin Flaca, her bizarre mother and, curiously, images of her mother's Dominican youth — Soledad returns home to Washington Heights. Her journey has only begun. As Soledad tries to salvage her damaged relationship with Olivia, tame Flaca's raucous behavior, tolerate her zany Tia Gorda and resist falling for Richie, a soulful, intense man from the neighborhood, she also faces the greatest challenge of her life: confronting the ghosts from her mother's past.

Rich, evocative and wise, "Soledad" is a wondrous story of culture and chaos, of family and integrity, myth and mysticism. Angie Cruz is a dazzling new voice, a Latina literary light whose passionate debut in "Soledad" surely marks the beginning of a remarkable career.

About the Author

Angie Cruz was born and raised in the Washington Heights section of New York City. She is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton and received her MFA from New York University. Her fiction and activist work have earned her the New York Foundation of the Arts Fellowship, the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund Award and the Bronx Writers' Center Van Lier Literary Fellowship. Cruz lives in New York City where she cofounded WILL: Women in Literature and Letters, a collective devoted to social change through artistic expression. She is at work on her second novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743212014
Author:
Cruz, Angie
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Angie Cruz
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Dominican Americans
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Washington Heights
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Fiction : General
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Copyright:
Series Volume:
ASP-80-1
Publication Date:
20010807
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.4375 x 5.5 in 14.144 oz

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