Watercolor Women / Opaque Men: A Novel in Verse

A Novel in Verse

Ana Castillo

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"Watercolor Women / Opaque Men" is a wild and raucous narrative of a single, working mother, the daughter of Chicano migrant workers, and her struggles for upward mobility. With a remarkable combination of tenderness, wicked humor, and biting satire, the main character, Ella-or "She"-moves toward establishing her sexual identity (she has affairs with both men and women) and finding her rightful place in the world while simultaneously raising her son to be independent and self-sufficient. Reminiscent of the picaresque novel, "Watercolor Women / Opaque Men" contains episodes that range from the Mexican Revolution to modern-day Chicago and reflects a deep pride in Chicano culture and the hardships immigrants had to endure: "In my "familia" we don't / pretend. / We're not / Mixed blood. There are no buried / Spanish titles beneath /anyone's tombstone." Nor does Castillo tolerate the pretensions of others. Pomposity, arrogance, and narrow-mindedness are the targets of her satiric pen. In a strong rhythmic and colloquial voice, Castillo explores these issues of love, sexual orientation, and cultural identity, taking to heart the words of Mama Grande: "You will always be your most reliable resource." Ana Castillo is indisputably one of the most important Chicana authors writing today. She has written 17 books, the most noted being "Peel My Love like an Onion" and "So Far from God." Born in Chicago of working-class parents, she went on to earn a PhD in American studies at the University of Chicago. Both as a journalist and literary author, she has been a major force in the struggle for economic justice, women's rights, and civil liberties. She has also won numerous awards, includingthe American Book Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award. At present, she lives in Anthony, New Mexico.

Ana Castillo, 1953 in Chicago geboren, studierte Lateinamerikanische und Karibische Literatur. Sie promovierte an der Universität Bremen in Amerikanistik. Für ihr umfangreiches literarisches Werk erhielt sie zahlreiche Preise und Stipendien. Auf Deutsch erschien bisher "Das Wunderhaus der Sofi García" (1996). Sie lebt heute mit ihrem Sohn in Chicago.


Einband Taschenbuch
Seitenzahl 269
Erscheinungsdatum 01.09.2005
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-1-931896-20-7
Verlag Curbstone Pr
Maße (L/B/H) 21.6/14/2.1 cm
Gewicht 367 g


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