BRIDES AND SINNERS IN EL CHUCO PDF

Short Story Books Flap copy Brides have their dreams, sinners their secrets, but sometimes itas not so easy to tell them apart. In the border town of El Pasoabetter known to its Mexican American residents as El Chucoadramas unfold in humdrum households every day as working-class men come home from their jobs and as their wives and children do their best to cope with life. Christine Granados now plumbs the heart of this community in fourteen startling stories, uncovering the dreams and secrets in which ordinary people sometimes lose themselves. Many fictional accounts of barrio life play up tradition and nostalgia; Brides and Sinners in El Chuco is a trip to the darker side. Here are memories of growing up in a place where innocence is always tempered by realityatrue-to-life stories, told in authentic language, of young women, from preteens to twenty-somethings, learning to negotiate their way through troubled times and troubled families.

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Short Story Books Flap copy Brides have their dreams, sinners their secrets, but sometimes itas not so easy to tell them apart.

In the border town of El Pasoabetter known to its Mexican American residents as El Chucoadramas unfold in humdrum households every day as working-class men come home from their jobs and as their wives and children do their best to cope with life. Christine Granados now plumbs the heart of this community in fourteen startling stories, uncovering the dreams and secrets in which ordinary people sometimes lose themselves.

Many fictional accounts of barrio life play up tradition and nostalgia; Brides and Sinners in El Chuco is a trip to the darker side. Here are memories of growing up in a place where innocence is always tempered by realityatrue-to-life stories, told in authentic language, of young women, from preteens to twenty-somethings, learning to negotiate their way through troubled times and troubled families.

In the award-winning story aThe Bride, a a young girl recalls her sister as a perennial bride on Halloween, planning for her eventual big day in a pink notebook with lists of potential husbands, only to see her dream thwarted at the junior prom. In another, we meet Bobbi, the class slut, whose D-cup chest astounds the other girls and entices everyoneaeven those who shouldnat be tempted.

Granadosa tales boldly portray womenas struggle for solidarity in the face of male abuse, and as these characters come to grips with self-discovery, sibling rivalry, and dysfunctional relationships, she shows what it means for Chicanas to grow up in protective families while learning to survive in the steamy border environment.

Her tales may be filled with heartache, but they by no means lack heart. Originality and ironic humor keep these tales spinning page after page. She is a stay-at-home mother of two sons and works as a freelance journalist.

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