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He Walked In and Sat Down and Other Stories


Rosaura Sánchez
Translated by Beatrice Pita

The stories in this bilingual collection portray the everyday lives of a cross-section of Chicano men and women in the contemporary U.S. Here are workers living in the chaparral around the San Diego border with Mexico, battered wives, farmworkers, divorced women rebuilding their lives, a traveling salesman, and conflicted academics. In direct and hard-edged prose, the author gives voice to the disenfranchised and alienated. The narrative perspective changes from story to story, portraying the experiences of what could become classic characters in Chicana fiction.

"Sánchez brilliantly and sensitively portrays the hard life of undocumented Mexican men and women working in the United States. She is a masterful storyteller able to weave suspense from the first to the last sentence. Written with the style reminiscent of Tomas Rivera and Juan Rulfo, each narrative conveys a message difficult to forget."--María Herrera Sobek, University of California, Santa Barbara

"Sánchez is a storyteller, interweaving voices at once unheard or unspoken. The characters in these stories range from the disenfranchised to Chicano/a academics, but all struggle to have their stories told."--Helena Viramontes


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Rosaura Sánchez teaches in the literature department of the University of California, San Diego.

Beatrice Pita teaches in the literature department of the University of California, San Diego.

Rosaura Sánchez teaches in the literature department of the University of California, San Diego.

ACCLAIM

"Variations on the theme that 'being Mexican is being an undocumented alien'. . . these tales pack a wallop with their real characters and real plots, often culminating in a surprise ending. . . . Unlike other bilingual collections, the stories are reproduced sequentially rather than facing each other. . . . Very highly recommended."

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Library Journal



"A fascinating collection of seventeen very different short stories . . . A rare opportunity to view everyday struggles . . . informative, factual portrayals provide real insight into the complexities of daily life . . . The honest reality and suspense combine with conversational writing style to make this a very readable, difficult-to-put-down book, while the bilingual aspect makes it a very useful tool for those studying either language. It is uncommon to find writing that is at the same time enjoyable, educational and politically aware to the standard Sánchez has achieved here."

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British Bulletin of Publications




5.5 x 8 in. 256 pages