How Winter Began: Stories - Flyover Fiction (Paperback)Joy Castro (author)
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Irene gives the wealthy businessmen what they want, diving headfirst into the filthy river, thinking only of providing for her baby daughter, Marisa, as the men salivate over her soaked body emerging onto the bank. A young boy tries to befriend the reticent younger sister of the town's cruelest bully, only to discover the family betrayal behind her quiet countenance. Josefa, a young bride, is executed for murdering the man who raped her. Joy Castro's How Winter Began traces these and other characters as they seek compassion from each other and themselves.
Thematically linked by the lives of women, especially Latinas, and their experiences of poverty and violence in a white-dominated, wealth-obsessed culture, How Winter Began is a delicately wrought collection of stories. The question at the heart of this riveting book is how or whether to trust one another after the rupture of betrayal.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 210
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 12 mm
"With these stories, Castro lulls the reader with beautiful, exquisitely crafted sentences. But before we realize it, she reveals the dark contours of her characters' lives-lives that are often desperate and broken, but not without hope for something better."-Daniel A. Olivas, El Paso Times -- Daniel A. Olivas * El Paso Times *
"These stories by Joy Castro ask us to notice the invisible: a small boy, the "girl" polishing our silver, the older woman hosting the meeting."-Jeffrey Ann Goudie, Star Tribune -- Jeffrey Ann Goudie * Star Tribune *
"Joy Castro's writing is like watching an Acapulco cliff diver. It takes my breath away every time."-Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street -- Sandra Cisneros
"I love the stories in How Winter Began: the taut narratives, the deft portrayal of characters who, though vulnerable, are stunning in their fierce determination. Reading, I had very physical reactions-sharp intakes of breath, stinging eyes, tightening scalp, adrenaline. It was like being gut-punched again and again, but in a very good way."-Lorraine Lopez, author of Homicide Survivors Picnic and Other Stories -- Lorraine Lopez
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