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Publisher Comments:

Soy la Avon Lady and Other Stories, is a stunning debut collection of short stories that explore identity issues in the Latino community. The cast of characters in her stories include a young boy-impelled by his guilt over failing to prevent his parents' divorce-who seeks to save an abandoned baby, an elderly man attempting to invoke his dead wife by regularly donning her clothing and make-up, a former National Guardsman whose failed attempts to connect with his family do not prevent him from trying, and a young woman determined to give birth to her murdered lover's child. In the title story, an aging Avon representative, who is often mistaken for a transvestite, has become so estranged from the Spanish language she spoke as a child that she no longer remembers that she spoke it or what happened in her childhood. Many of the characters in these stories must negotiate differences in race, culture, language, class, and gender in attempts to discover who they are and where they are going.  López's vivid characters struggle both to find a place of belonging and companions who can accept them, as well as self-forgiveness for the compromises they made in living necessarily bifurcated lives as they attempt to breech the gap between cultures.

About the Author

Author of the award-winning Soy la Avon Lady, Lorraine Lpez has just finished co-editing a collection of critical articles on the work of Judith Ortiz Cofer. Currently she resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she teaches English at Vanderbilt University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781880684863
Author:
Lopez, Lorraine
Publisher:
Curbstone Press
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Location:
Willimantic, CT
Subject:
General
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Mexican americans
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
vol. 4, no. 2
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
230
Dimensions:
8.4 x 5.5 in

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