120 pp. | paper only | $12.00
by Carlos Ponce-Melendez
collection of imaginatively retold stories based on interviews conducted
by the author with elderly Mexican Americans from Texas reflects
the sentiments, attitudes, and values of this culture and highlights
the diversity of the Chicano community. Regionalisms abound in these
stories, for which a glossary is included. In "The Haunted House,"
spirits of the dead influence the thoughts and actions of the living,
who must find a way to rid the house of their frightening presence.
"Doña Bilingüe" illustrates the nature of code-switching
in her delightfully gossipy description of everyone she knows. In
"Más sabe el diablo por viejo que por diablo," Doña
Mercedes metes out her advice in a very straightforward, no-punches-pulled
fashion, much to the surprise of her listeners.