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THE MAGIC OF BLOOD.

Gilb, Dagoberto.

ISBN 10: 0826314368 / ISBN 13: 9780826314369
Published by UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO., ALBUQUERQUE, 1993
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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SIGNED limited edition. One of 75 copies with special bound-in colophon page. Close to fine in fine dust jacket. (Hint of foxing at top edge. ). Bookseller Inventory # 29051

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Title: THE MAGIC OF BLOOD.

Publisher: UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO., ALBUQUERQUE

Publication Date: 1993

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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In this dynamic collection of short stories, including eight from Winners on the Pass Line (1985), Dagoberto Gilb captures the texture of the Southwest's working class in clear, ironic, and bitingly realistic fiction about regular people going about their complex lives.

From Kirkus Reviews:

Twenty-six stories (eight previously published in Winners on the Pass Line, 1985--not reviewed) offering a frank, sympathetic view of working-class Chicanos in the Southwest. Many of these vignettes are set in Los Angeles, the author's birthplace--a world of freeways, building sites, and the myriad small miseries of those who eke out an uncertain existence in the construction trades. Workingmen are battered and often unemployed but stoic, like the family man in ``Look on the Bright Side'' who fights his landlady in court when she raises his rent illegally, refusing to be outwitted even in the face of eviction. Or they are resourceful in other ways, as in ``Churchgoers,'' where a construction worker keeps a low profile to avoid the building superintendent, who lets men go at the slightest provocation, until he meets his match in a street-wise killer named Smooth, who dares him to lay him off. Other scenarios include a comic encounter in Arizona between a tight-lipped but dedicated mechanic and a fussing, worried car-owner (``Al, in Phoenix''); a moment of salvation when two troubled strangers meet across a crap-table in Vegas and come away both wiser and richer (``Winners on the Pass Line''); and the title story, in which generations and distant relations of a family living on both sides of the border are bonded together by the magic of a great-grandmother's Hollywood address. Honest and sharply focused in portraying the dreams and realities of Mexican Americans today: Gilb's tales are best when depicting tradesmen at work and at play, but otherwise the magic is fleeting and slight. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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