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Title:
The valedictorian, and other stories
Author:
Navarro, S. D., 1918-
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Publication Information:
Tempe, Ariz. : Bilingual Press/Editorial Bilingüe, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
vii, 87 pages : portraits ; 22 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780927534970
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Book

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Summary

Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. THE VALEDICTORIAN AND OTHER STORIES focuses in part on school age Chicanos and their interactions with Anglo children and adults, and in part on the author's adult wartime experiences. The stories explore at times painful Latino-Anglo relationships with a simple, direct, and emotionally affecting style. "Navarro's stories have the unmistakable ring of a lifetime of deeply lived experience. Each story paints a unique world steeped in vivid detail. I felt my heart expand as I followed his characters through their stories of growth, stories which subtly and expertly move the reader from one way of thinking to another. We are left enjoying the rich afterglow of felt experience"-Elva TreviAAo Hart, author of the award-winning memoir Barefoot Heart: Stories of a Migrant Child.


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Booklist Review

The stories in this slim collection fall into two thematic groups: Latino experience in America and war-veteran nostalgia. The latter category is the weakest: one story about a serviceman's brothel visit is unfocused and reads like barroom bravado, and in another, a veteran's flirtation with a beautiful woman ends in a clumsily portrayed, melodramatic murder. But the stories about mid-century Latino family experiences nicely capture a new immigrant's terror and hope, as well as the imaginative play and fascination with gory stories shared by all children. In the title story, an Anglo boy and a Mexican immigrant compete for top honors at their school as they form a tenuous friendship. In another, a Mexican immigrant goes to his first American school without knowing any English. Navarro's children are cruel and generous, imperfect and real, and Navarro creates pivotal, revealing drama from their small moments. --Gillian Engberg