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The King And Queen Of Comezon

Chavez, Denise.

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ISBN 10: 0806144831 / ISBN 13: 9780806144832
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2014
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328 pages. Softcover. New book. FICTION. Comezon: It's more than an itch. It's a long-standing desire that will never be fulfilled. And, in this novel by award-winning author Denise Chavez, it is also a border town in New Mexico whose denizens' longings are as powerful as they are, all too often, impossible. But in the feverish dance of life that seizes Comezon during its two annual fiestas, all things seem possible. As the townspeople revel in the freedom of the fiestas, their stories unfold in all manner of mystery, drama, and comic charm. In the middle of it all is Arnulfo P. Olivarez, master of ceremonies and befuddled patriarch of a less-than-tractable family. At the moment, he is calculating his chances of becoming mayor, as well as pondering the fate of his beautiful disabled daughter, Juliana. Arnulfo's daughters ("the half and the whole," he deems them) are the Fiesta Queen, Lucinda, a lovely, lost and wild girl, and Juliana, her half sister, wheelchair-bound but with soaring dreams of love for the local priest, El Padre Manolito. Their mother, the saintly Doľa Emilia, attends to all her children, including Arnulfo, with grace. Lucinda's unsuitable suitor, Ruley Terrazas, a tall, bumpy-skinned boy, is not to be trusted, nor is his father, Cuco "Matamosca" Terrazas, the local chief of police. And Rey Suarez, owner of the Mil Recuerdos Lounge, is haunted by his former incarnation as an immigration officer, an expert in spotting fake IDs. Between New Mexico and Mxico, between Cinco de Mayo and the 16th of September, between the dreams and the realities of Comezon's characters, something has to give. Each character is attempting to find love in this feverish fiesta called Life. And in the deft hands of Denise Chavez this tragicomic novel gives unerringly: pleasure, surprise, and the satisfaction of a tale well told. Denise Chavez is author of The Last of the Menu Girls, Face of an Angel, Loving Pedro Infante, and A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food, and Culture. She serves as Executive Director of the Border Book Festival in Las Cruces, New Mexico. "[Denise] Chavez's voice is at once zany and knowing. She is la gran mitoteraÑa big troublemaker, stirring up rollicking mischief with wacky humor delivered in the lyrical tempo of Chicano slang."ÑPublisher's Weekly "Chavez draws carefully detailed, emotionally convincing portraits of the lives of ordinary people."ÑNewsday "Chavez records the food, the hang-ups, the turn-ons and worldview of a thriving border culture. . . . [Her] spicy storytelling reminds us that women today, fictional and real, have . . . options. And while looking for idealized romantic love will never go out of style, finding it pretty much has."ÑThe New York Times "Chavez has a marvelous ear for the dramatic moment and a fine hand for the comic set piece."ÑMiami Herald (Key Words: Denise Chavez, Fiction, Chicano Culture, Comezon, New Mexico). Volume 13 in Chicana and Chicano Visions of the Am. Bookseller Inventory # 83397X1

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Title: The King And Queen Of Comezon

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:New

Book Type: book

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Comezón: It’s more than an itch. It’s a long-standing desire that will never be fulfilled. And, in this novel by award-winning author Denise Chávez, it is also a border town in New Mexico whose denizens’ longings are as powerful as they are, all too often, impossible.

But in the feverish dance of life that seizes Comezón during its two annual fiestas, all things seem possible. As the townspeople revel in the freedom of the fiestas, their stories unfold in all manner of mystery, drama, and comic charm. In the middle of it all is Arnulfo P. Olivárez, master of ceremonies and befuddled patriarch of a less-than-tractable family. At the moment, he is calculating his chances of becoming mayor, as well as pondering the fate of his beautiful disabled daughter, Juliana.

Arnulfo’s daughters (“the half and the whole,” he deems them) are the Fiesta Queen, Lucinda, a lovely, lost and wild girl, and Juliana, her half sister, wheelchair-bound but with soaring dreams of love for the local priest, El Padre Manolito. Their mother, the saintly Doña Emilia, attends to all her children, including Arnulfo, with grace. Lucinda’s unsuitable suitor, Ruley Terrazas, a tall, bumpy-skinned boy, is not to be trusted, nor is his father, Cuco “Matamosca” Terrazas, the local chief of police. And Rey Suárez, owner of the Mil Recuerdos Lounge, is haunted by his former incarnation as an immigration officer, an expert in spotting fake IDs.

Between New Mexico and México, between Cinco de Mayo and the 16th of September, between the dreams and the realities of Comezón’s characters, something has to give. Each character is attempting to find love in this feverish fiesta called Life. And in the deft hands of Denise Chávez this tragicomic novel gives unerringly: pleasure, surprise, and the satisfaction of a tale well told.

About the Author:

Denise Chávez is a performance writer, novelist, and teacher whose work celebrates the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and northern México. Her novel Face of an Angel (1994) won the American Book Award and her The King and Queen of Comezón (2014) won the 2015 International Latino Book Award and the New Mexico–Arizona Award for fiction. Her other books include Loving Pedro Infante (2001) and A Taco Testimony: Meditations on Family, Food and Culture (2006). Chávez is director of Casa Camino Real, a cultural center, bookstore, and art gallery on the historic Camino Real in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
 

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