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Face of an Angel

Chavez, Denise

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ISBN 10: 0374152047 / ISBN 13: 9780374152048
Published by Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Fine in dust jacket with the slightest wear. Inscribed and signed by Chavez. Bookseller Inventory # b23204

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Title: Face of an Angel

Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: First Edition.

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The experiences of Soveida Dosamantes, a waitress at the El Farol Mexican Restaurant, parallel the book she is writing, "The Book of Service," a reflection upon women's roles in a male-dominated culture and the connection between work and family life

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Soveida, the Mexican-American waitress narrating this unruly first novel, has such an enchanting voice and so willingly reveals all that it takes a while to catch on that she is never going to get to the point. It's a shame, too, because Ch vez (The Last of the Menu Girls, not reviewed) has created a wonderfully vibrant character whose little stories of life in the small New Mexico town of Agua Oscura are full of imaginative detail. As a religious young woman Soveida is fascinated by Saint Maria Goretti, who was raped and then killed. Later she learns about sex from an erotic-movie preview mistakenly shown to her elementary school class when they go to see The Song of Bernadette. At 15, Soveida begins working as a bus girl at a restaurant, where she eventually advances to waiting tables and starts writing ``The Book of Service,'' a collection of advice for young women thinly disguised as a waitressing guide. (The chapter on hands instructs servers not to wear rings because they will get dirty: ``Especially wedding, engagement, or friendship. They will only go down the drain sooner or later, and cause some kind of chafing.'') She herself marries twice, to a philanderer who leaves her for another woman and to a man afflicted with Peyronie's disease, a blood-vessel disorder that makes sexual excitement painful and intercourse impossible. After the latter's suicide, she takes up with a community-college professor of Chicano Culture and Tradition and Folklore. There are plenty of good ideas buried here: the different kinds of service in women's lives, academic distance from real life, the influence of upbringing. Unfortunately, none of these is presented as a central theme. Adding to the kitchen-sink feeling is the inclusion of documents ranging from Soveida's college papers (including her professor's comments and grades) to letters from former husbands and lovers. Shoots out lots of sparks, but nothing ignites. (First printing of 25,000; author tour) -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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