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The Iguana Killer: Twelve Stories of the Heart

Alberto Alvaro Ríos

First published in 1984, this award-winning book, considered a classic of Chicano fiction, is now available only from the University of New Mexico Press.


Alberto Alvaro Ríos is Regents Professor at Arizona State University, Tempe.


"Colorful, hurtful, as real as legend, this book provides a wonderful new access to a large but mostly unperceived culture and will loom large in any approach to the emerging art of the Mexican worldview in English. Ríos is an artist."



" The Iguana Killer is not the Chicano version of Catcher in the Rye--but it is close."


San Antonio Express-News

"In his cool, unassertive way, Ríos taps many moods, keeping a controlled but flexible rein on the emotions of his characters and their experiences. These are not Anglo stories or Mexican stories but the unique amalgam we call Chicano--the real thing at last."


John Barkham Reviews

6 x 9 in. 128 pages 3 halftones