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ISBN13: 9780374194116
ISBN10: 0374194114
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An exuberant novel about a lovelorn woman obsessed with the Mexican film star Pedro Infante.

Teresina ("Tere") vila is a divorced, thirty-something Chicana working "in the hinterlands of life" in Cabritoville, New Mexico, a small dusty town near El Paso, Texas. The love of her life is Lucio, a smooth-talking ne'er-do-well who will never leave his wife and ties Tere's heart in knots with a string of empty promises. Her diversions are few but intense, and center around her best fri, Irma, and her membership in the Pedro Infante Fan Club #256.

"If you're Méjicana or Méjicano and don't know who Pedro Infante is, you should be tied to a hot stove with yucca rope and beaten with sharp dry corn husks as you stand in a vat of soggy fideos."

If you're a gringo, think of him as a Mexican Elvis, a one-time carpenter whose career in song and on screen in such memorable movies as Nosotros los Pobres, Ustedes los Ricos, and Pepe, el Toro, propelled him to the heights of fame until he was killed after a plane he piloted crashed on April 15, 1957.Hilarious and heartring, Loving Pedro Infante is about the fictions we weave to justify loving the wrong mate.

About the Author

Denise Chávez's books include Face of an Angel, which won the American Book Award. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Award and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with her husband.

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Thomas Hester, January 28, 2010 (view all comments by Thomas Hester)
Denise Chavez has written a novel of American humor that ranks with all the great dark, ironic classics--Miss Lonelyhearts, Catch 22, Budding Prospects, The Sot-Weed Factor. Terre Avila works as a teacher's aide in a Rio Grande town. Though she's the unappreciated mistress to the town's richest, most harried married man and though she has gathered about her a coterie of friends and family who support her as they misunderstand her, Terre searches for the deep, passionate romance represented by the sexiest star in Mexican cinematic history: Pedro Infante. Will Terre find true love? We know she won't. She knows she won't. (Somewhere along the way Terre muses, "Loves gives us forget pills.") But at least with Terre Avila in her wonderfully manic story, we must ask the question, and the spirit that floods this narrative and carries us away will endure decades and decades.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780374194116
Author:
Chavez, Denise
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
New mexico
Subject:
Motion picture actors and actresses
Subject:
Mexican american women
Subject:
Fans
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
Bd. 7
Publication Date:
20010415
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.56x5.77x1.13 in. 1.07 lbs.

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