Rain of Scorpions and Other Stories (Clasicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics, 9)

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9780927534284: Rain of Scorpions and Other Stories (Clasicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics, 9)

The Clasicos Chicanos/Chicano Classics series is intended to ensure the long-term accessibility of deserving works of Chicano literature and culture that have become unavailable over the years or that are in imminent danger of becoming inaccessible. Each of the volumes includes an introduction contextualizing the work within Chicano literature and a bibliography of works by and about the author. The series is designed to be a vehicle that will help in the recuperation of Raza literary history and permit the continued experience and enjoyment of our literature by both present and future generations of readers.

In this updated and expanded collection of interrelated stories, Portillo Trambley dares again to create a new vision for Chicanas. Through bold acts they gain freedom, like Clotilde in The Paris Gown, who descends naked to greet the guests at her betrothal party and so escapes her impending arranged marriage. In a hostile world such women find hope and the strength to begin healing themselves and their community.

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Estaela Trambley's nine short stories and the novella Rain of Scorpions mix magic, earth, and the realities of life to evoke heartfelt sadness for her characters or a smile at the twists a story takes. The title piece combines all these elements in a tale of the people of a mining town where Papa At is a source of wisdom and history to many, though his lack of Christian faith angers some. Inspired by his stories of Gotallama and the green valley, five young boys, hoping to save the village from the many dangers of the mines, set out in search of this enchanted place. In "The Paris Gown" a young woman meets her grandmother, Clo, for the first time. The granddaughter has heard many tales of her grandmother who lives in Paris but never knew how Clo left Mexico to live on her own; now she learns the truth from Clo herself. "The Burning" offers a painful yet compelling example of how the choices and expectations of differing religions dictate people's actions. In "Duende" we meet a gypsy "full of the duende spirit from the mountains of the old country" who knows that "passion [is] the main artery to the feel and freedom of the day." Estaela Trambley uses strong, vivid, sometimes hidden imagery that involves the reader in these exquisite tales of joy and sorrow. --From <

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