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With the same audacity with which John Steinbeck wrote about migrant worker conditions in The Grapes of Wrath and T.C. Boyle in The Tortilla Curtain, Viramontes (The Moths and Other Stories) presents a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in California's fields.   This first novel tells the story a young girl, Estrella, and her Latino family as they struggle with arduous farm labor during the summer months, and still manage to latch onto the hope of a liberating future.  Viramontes graces the page with poetic touch, artfully describing poverty conditions and bringing to the reader a panoramic view of social consciousness and unforgettable characters.

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A novel of cultural clashes, social injustice, and love amongst the migrant farm workers of contemporary California, as seen through the eyes of a young Mexican-American woman.

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Helena Maria Viramontes' highly acclaimed first novel is a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in America's fields.

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Helena Maria Viramontes is the author of the novel Under the Feet of Jesus and the story collection The Moths. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, California, Ms. Viramontes currently lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is a creative writing professor at Cornell University.

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Joel Karpowitz, February 4, 2014 (view all comments by Joel Karpowitz)
Ethereal and dreamlike, Under the Feet of Jesus slides its story across your face like gossamer--a swish of love here, a whisper of coming-of-age there, a murmur of tragedy and broken dreams, a flutter of hope. Viramontes is not particularly interested in driving forward a story; she's interested in capturing a mood, a feeling, a piece of life that often slips by the rest of the world as they look the other way. She writes with empathy, she writes with heartbreak, but most of all she writes with beauty.

At its heart the novel is about thirteen-year-old Estrella, the daughter of migrant workers, as she discovers love, delves into her own strength, and starts to work out her identity. But beyond that it is a haunting a lyrical evocation of a life in the borderlands. In one passage Viramontes explores Estrella's experiences at school, with teachers who care little for the migrant families who will be moving through, and so don't teach her the tools she needs, she craves, and so further alienate Estrella and those like her from being able to thrive in this society. This passage is matched later as Estrella translates for her family at a health clinic where they have no money to pay for the services and so Estrella looks for other tools at her disposal. It's a powerful (but fleeting) look at life in a limbo world.
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s0sn0wy, October 19, 2008 (view all comments by s0sn0wy)
Viramontes has beautifully portrayed the fears inherent in a migrant worker's life as well as the trials and tribulations that are experienced by the multitudes of people enmeshed in extreme poverty. Under the Feet of Jesus is not just a story about the difficulties faced by this destitute family, but also a story about the ability for humans to triumph in their own humanity--through love and family connections. The experiences, thoughts, fears, and pleasures of each character were detailed through the third person omniscient point of view and very little dialogue was necessary to convey the story. Absolutely beautiful.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452273870
Author:
Viramontes, Helena Maria
Publisher:
Plume Books
Author:
Viramontes, Helene M.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jesus christ
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Mexican americans
Subject:
Inspirational and devotional works
Subject:
Migrant agricultural laborers
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
19960431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.10x5.15x.54 in. .35 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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A novel of cultural clashes, social injustice, and love amongst the migrant farm workers of contemporary California, as seen through the eyes of a young Mexican-American woman.
"Synopsis" by , Helena Maria Viramontes' highly acclaimed first novel is a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in America's fields.
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