Seattle Picks: Latino
Annotation:In her diary, Maya Vidal records her gradual transformation from a life of crime and drug addiction in California to a more hopeful future on a remote island off the Chilean coast.
Annotation:An amusing, witty allegory involving the rescue of Puerto Rican Segismundo from his 100 year prison in the Statue of Liberty by the author, Hamlet and Zarathustra, is a keenly observed treatise on freedom.
Annotation:The stories and flash images in this collection center on the role of literature, the fine arts and imagination in establishing personal identity.
Annotation:Roz and her cat, Marie, arrive in San Antonio to comfort Sandra after her mother’s death. Marie’s immediate disappearance and the search that ensues provide a poignant fable about love and grief.
Annotation:The author’s singular energetic verve propels the earthy, charming and maddeningly delightful characters of his stories in this collection that explores the vagaries of the human heart.
Annotation:The 23 writers whose works comprise this anthology were born and raised during the 1970s, a time of world-wide unrest. These stories reflect their experiences of the Cold War, of dictatorships and as immigrants.
Annotation:In this collection of ten stories, the author shares his perspective on helplessness, masculinity, immigration law, family struggles and poverty experienced by Latinos living in the American Southwest.
Annotation:Now 60 years old, Maria tells her own story of her journey from a childhood of countryside poverty to working in post-war Havana and inspiring the song that made the Mambo Kings famous
Annotation:Three orphaned sisters take refuge with the Empress Carlotta, who loves Mexico but fails sadly in her marriage and as a ruler, eventually returning to Europe while her companions must decide whether to stay or accompany her.
Annotation:Following the kind, peaceful ways of Gandhi and the Dalai Lama, Marina Luceno eventually finds her self-made role as savior and caregiver to the perpetually needy leaves her exhausted and in need of change.
Annotation:Twenty years after Eugenia Aldunate’s harsh treatment following the 1973 Pinochet coup d’état in Chile, during which many people disappeared, she returns from exile to testify in her lover’s murder trial.
Annotation:In a series of inter-linked stories by imaginary writers, Menendez portrays the lives of Cuban-Americans who ironically long to return to Cuba, the land they recently fled.
Annotation:Rescued by a pastor’s family after his parents die in a flu epidemic, Cole Vining struggles to find his place in an increasingly anarchic society where hope of a coming Rapture may not be a philosophy he can embrace.
Annotation:Manolo Suarez is fighting to liberate Hispanics from the quarantine zones in the American Southwest while his teenage son joins an extremist group in this politically astute speculative story.
Annotation:Perla’s father was partly responsible for the disappearance of thousands during Argentina’s Dirty War. She guiltily keeps his secret until a strange, uninvited guest appears at her house.
Annotation:The sugar cane plantation where Ana and her new husband Ramón live out her dream of being a “conquistadora” is much harsher and more difficult than they expected in this historical novel set in 19th century Puerto Rico.
Annotation:Different perspectives on being Mexican in America emerge in chapter-long character studies set in the East Los Angeles working class neighborhood of Echo Park.
Annotation:This culturally rich and entertaining anthology of Latin American and American Latino “short-short” stories includes the work of well-known authors like Borges, Allende and Cisneros and emerging writers as well.
Annotation:Interconnected short stories illustrate the lives of the Martinez family in Ysleta, Texas, who eac take different paths as they seek the American Dream, while their mother’s love anchors them.
Annotation:After becoming a folk hero in her native Mexico, Teresa Urrea brings her healing powers to America in this sequel to "The Hummingbird’s Daughter."
Annotation:As seventeen-year-old Roberto follows his dreams of monetary and familial success by joining migrant workers in California, the harsh, violent life he encounters prompt him to question his old ideals of personal honor.
Annotation:No one’s character is unimpeachable in this story about Natasha Davila’s struggle to retain custody of her two children when her ex-husband opens his bully’s can of worms.