136 pp. | paper only | $13.00
by Nash Candelaria
Rights is a collection of the author's best recent
short stories and a novella. The novella, titled "Uncivil Rights,"
evokes the political and cultural circumstances of the Mexican American
community from the 1960s through the present. "Dear Rosita" is told
through a series of letters from a father to his daughter, the first
in the family to go to college, who is moving very quickly into
a world that strains her family's understanding. In "The Border,"
a young man in search of his father is guided by his dreams to find
his "inheritance" and discover his place in the world.
his work, the author has said, "What I am trying to do is to give
Hispanics their proper place in U.S. history. As a group, many of
us have been here a long time, longer than most Anglos . . . What
I want my writing to do is to help stake our Hispanic claim to North
America and to write against stereotypes in creating the characters
whose stories I tell."
Candelaria has lived for the past few years in Santa Fe, New Mexico,
where he devotes himself full time to writing. He is the author
of an acclaimed series of historical novels dealing with the Southwest,
of the Alhambra (1977), Not
by the Sword (1982), Inheritance
of Strangers (1985), and Leonor
Park (1991), in addition to The
Day the Cisco Kid Shot John Wayne (1988), a
collection of short stories. Not
by the Sword received an American Book
Award in 1983 and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America's
Best Western Historical Novel award.