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He walked in and sat down, and other stories
Sánchez, Rosaura.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, [2000]

Physical Description:
246 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
Stories previously published separately, 1976-1992.
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The stories in this bilingual collection portray the everyday lives of a cross-section of Chicano men and women in the contemporary US. Here are workers living in the chaparral around the San Diego border with Mexico, battered wives, farmworkers, divorced women rebuilding their lives, a travelling salesman, and conflicted academics. In direct and hard-edged prose, the author gives voice to the disenfranchised and alienated. The narrative perspective changes from story to story, portraying the experiences of what could become classic characters in Chicana fiction.

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Library Journal Review

Variations on the theme that "being Mexican is being an undocumented alien," these 17 stories by noted linguist S nchez (literature, Univ. of California, San Diego) explore the exploitation of Mexican Americans as represented by a cross-section of academics, migrant workers, salesmen, and fast-food workers. Unlike the usual stories of social realism that are just slices of life, these tales pack a wallop with their real characters and real plots, often culminating in a surprise ending. "One Morning: 1952," with its indictment of American racial hypocrisy, and "One Night," calling for liberation of the oppressed Chicana, are but two of several memorable selections. Unlike other bilingual collections, the stories are reproduced sequentially rather than facing each other. Though most have appeared previously in Spanish, this retrospective marks the first time they appear in English. Very highly recommended.DLawrence Olszewski, OCLC Lib., Dublin, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.