Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist by Kathleen Alcala - PDF free download eBook

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  • Published: Sep 14, 2015
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Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. This brief collection of short stories set in Mexico and Southern California exudes a seemingly effortless charm, piquing the palate with a modicum of Latin-style spice. Alcala understands the necessary...

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9780934971263
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CALYX Books
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18+ Years
Book language
EN
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192
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Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. This brief collection of short stories set in Mexico and Southern California exudes a seemingly effortless charm, piquing the palate with a modicum of Latin-style spice. Alcala understands the necessary understatement of magical realism. In one tale, a mild archbishop leaps off a balcony on impulse and soars above the village, waving to those below. He is particularly pleased that no one can smell his foul body odor from the distance. Many of the stories are mysteries of sorts, pivoting on unexpected, ironic turns of events yet moving methodically toward resolution. A fortune teller reveals the immediate future to a wild young man. You are going very fast...with a powerful man, a dangerous man...holding you against your will. When the youth angrily demands his money back, the police are called, drugs are discovered and the prophecy comes true. Other stories describe family traumas: a wife mistakes her husbands lust for gold for an affair with another woman; one of two elderly sisters visits with the dead and spends leisurely hours in purgatory. This is Alcalas first book, by turns touching, entertaining and surprising, and uniquely her own—Publishers Weekly. MRS. VARGAS AND THE DEAD NATURALIST received the King County Publication Award in 1992. Two of the stories in this collection are included in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010).

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Kathleen Alcala is a writer whose trilogy on nineteenth century Mexico was published by Chronicle Books. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governors Writers Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and a Washington State Book Award. A co-founder and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles, Kathleen teaches at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, a low-residency program. She was recently deemed an Island Treasure by the Bainbridge Island Asteries of sorts, pivoting on unexpected, ironic turns of events yet moving methodically toward resolution. A fortune teller reveals the immediate future to a wild young man. You are going very fast...with a powerful man, a dangerous man...holding you against your will. When the youth angrily demands his money back, the police are called, drugs are discovered and the prophecy comes true. Other stories describe family traumas: a wife mistakes her husbands lust for gold for an affair with another woman; one of two elderly sisters visits with the dead and spends leisurely hours in purgatory. This is Alcalas first book, by turns touching, entertaining and surprising, and uniquely her own—Publishers Weekly. MRS. VARGAS AND THE DEAD NATURALIST received the King County Publication Award in 1992. Two of the stories in this collection are included in The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010).

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