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You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (Paperback)
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You Must Fight Them: A Novella and Stories (Paperback)

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Paperback 200 Pages / Published: 30/08/2015
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In the novella You Must Fight Them, a short, bookish half-Mexican doctoral student returns to his hometown of Woodland, California, and tries to reconnect with Lupita Valdez, the girl he worshipped in high school. But in order to date Lupita, he must first fight her three hulking brothers. Attempting to make sense of his unusual predicament, he ruminates on his many insecurities-his definition of manhood and the ambiguities of his mixed-race identity.

In this collection we meet characters navigating the difficult situations that arise when different worlds collide, from a professor teaching a course on Latino gangs who makes the unwise decision to invite two former rival gang members as guest lecturers, to an artist threatened by the twin sons of his poor white neighbor. Though this memorable cast of characters faces unique quandaries-and deals with these problems in questionable ways-their stories are driven by a desire to set the record straight.

Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
ISBN: 9780826341990
Number of pages: 200
Weight: 525 g
Dimensions: 203 x 139 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Montoya proves that he is a master of the short form with these gripping, evocative, and deftly crafted narratives of the Chicano experience."--Daniel A. Olivas, El Paso Times


"Montoya's short stories are tight, witty, and insightful. . . . Like Joyce's Dubliners, a universality comes blazing through, as if by analyzing one microscopic corner of contemporary California, we can feel bonded to and amazed by the lives of others who cross our paths daily."--NewPages.com


"Montoya writes with a marvelous economy of prose, parsing comedy and pathos only paragraphs apart. . . . In its realism about the devastating strength of family ties and the tenuousness of romantic passion, You Must Fight Them is a wise and entertaining tale."--Pasatiempo

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