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Mother tongue

Martinez, Demetria

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ISBN 10: 0927534428 / ISBN 13: 9780927534420
Editorial: Bilingual Press/Editorial Biling?e, Tempe, 1994
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121p., review copy with sheets laid in, fine first edition in cloth boards and unclipped dj. The first work of fiction by the poet won the 1994 Western States Book Award for Fiction. The author, a columnist, was indicted on charges of smuggling Central American refugees into the USA. She was later acquitted. N° de ref. de la librería 71889

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Título: Mother tongue

Editorial: Bilingual Press/Editorial Biling?e, Tempe

Año de publicación: 1994

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Dust Jacket Included

Edición: 1st Edition

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Poetry, politics, and no-holds-barred emotions burst from the tiny binding of a notable first novel by poet and activist Mart¡nez (Turning, not reviewed). Striking from the very first line is Mart¡nez's ability to combine poetic language and imagery with novelistic structure and suspense: ``His nation chewed him up and spat him out like a pi¤¢n shell, and when he emerged from an airplane one late afternoon, I knew I would one day make love with him.'' It's 1982, civil war rages in El Salvador, and Mary, a 19-year-old Mexican-American, is helping smuggle refugees into New Mexico. Mary picks up a man at the airport and brings him back to her mentor's house, where the two hide out and house-sit while Soledad is away for the summer. The refugee picks an alias, Jos‚ Luis; she clothes him in Ivy League apparel; and they fall in love--at least, Mary falls deep in dreamy-eyed love with Jos‚ Luis, who, though he loves her, is bitterly realistic and somewhat distant. She pushes for asylum- securing marriage; he remains torn between the comforts of the US and his El Salvadoran cause. All this is conveyed by Mary, an avid diarist and storyteller, with contrasting perspectives provided in some essays and poems by Soledad, Jos‚ Luis, and, later, Jos‚ Luis Jr. The anxiety of a probably doomed love affair is palpably evoked as Mary struggles to ``develop [her] inner resources'' so she won't obsess over Jos‚ Luis. Their struggles come to a head on the night of their son's conception--shortly before his father's desertion. Believing it's important to remember everything, Mary unloads all of the family's skeletons onto the printed page so that their son will know the truth. Beautiful writing and astute commentary on identity, love, and El Salvadoran crises, wrapped cozy as a tamale with a maybe- happily-ever-after epilogue. -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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