October 1, 2019

A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT'S SON BY SERGIO TRONCOSO


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A PECULIAR KIND OF IMMIGRANT’S SON
By Sergio Troncoso
Cinco Puntos Press 

RELEASED TODAY !



Brilliant. Thought provoking. Extraordinary.

Sergio Troncoso’s much anticipated new collection of stories takes us on journeys from Boston to Manhattan to West Texas. The book is full of unique characters going out into the world, struggling with two cultures, learning to be true to themselves.


SUMMARY:  How does a Mexican-American, the son of poor immigrants, leave his border home and move to the heart of gringo America? How does he adapt to the worlds of wealth, elite universities, the rush and power of New York City? How does he make peace with a stern old-fashioned father who has only known hard field labor his whole life? With echoes of Dreiser’s American Tragedy and Fitzgerald’s Gatsby, Troncoso tells his luminous stories through the lens of an exile adrift in the 21st century, his characters suffering from the loss of culture and language, the loss of roots and home as they adapt to the glittering promises of new worlds which ultimately seem so empty.  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   Sergio Troncoso is the author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories and Crossing Borders: Personal Essays, and the novels The Nature of Truth and From This Wicked Patch of Dust. He has taught at the Yale Writers’ Workshop for many years. A Fulbright scholar and winner of numerous literary awards, Troncoso was inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Texas Institute of Letters. He was born in El Paso, Texas, and attended Harvard College and Yale University, where he earned graduate degrees in international relations and philosophy.  Visit him at www.SergioTroncoso.com.



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September 22, 2019

TAINA BY ERNESTO QUINONEZ


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TAINA
by Ernesto Quiñonez
Vintage


Another virgin birth? In Spanish Harlem?  Could be.  
TAINA is full of magical realism, revolution and redemption.
And the best part, this novel is available in English and Spanish. Happy Reading.


SUMMARY:  When Julio, a teenager living in Spanish Harlem, hears that Taina, a pregnant fifteen-year-old from his high school claims to be a virgin, he decides to believe her. Julio has a history of strange visions and his blind and unrequited love for Taina will unleash a whirlpool of emotions that will bring him to question his hard-working Puerto Rican mother and his communist Ecuadorian father, his beliefs and even the building blocks of modern science (after seeing the conception of Taina’s baby as a revolution in nature).  

After meeting Taína's uncle, "El Vejigante", an ex-con with a dark past, he accepts his proposal to support her during her pregnancy and becomes entangled in a web of crime that, while taking him closer to Taína, ultimately reveals a family secret that will not leave him unscathed.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ernesto Quiñonez is the author of Bodega Dreams, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title as well as a Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection. He lives in Harlem.



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September 21, 2019

TRACING THE HORSE BY DIANA MARIE DELGADO


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BOA Editions
TRACING THE HORSE
By Diana Marie Delgado


Diane Marie Delgado’s long awaited collection of poems are to be read “for feeling’ in a world gone one-dimensional.”  This is her story – her coming of age.  It’s the story of family, violence, loneliness and addiction. There is no filter, just a stark vulnerability that captures her readers’ attention and hearts.


SUMMARY:  Set in Southern California's San Gabriel Valley, Diana Marie Delgado’s debut poetry collection follows the coming-of-age of a young Mexican-American woman trying to make sense of who she is amidst a family and community weighted by violence and addiction. With bracing vulnerability, the collection chronicles the effects of her father’s drug use and her brother’s incarceration, asking the reader to consider reclamation and the power of the self.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  TRACING THE HORSE is Diana Marie Delgado's debut poetry collection,  published by BOA Editions. She is also the author of Late Night Talks with Men I Think I Trust (2015).  She is a recipient of a 2017 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and has received grants and scholarships from Hedgebrook, Bread Loaf, Letras Latinas and Jack Jones Literary Retreat.  Delgado holds a BA iin poetry from UC Riverside and an MFA in poetry from Columbia University.  Her poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Tin House, Ninth Letter, The North American Review, Prairie Schooner, TriQuarterly, and Fourteen Hills. Her work is rooted in her experiences growing up in the Mexican-American community, and she is a member of the CantoMundo and Macondo writing communities. She is the Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Visit her at www.dianamariedelgado.com.





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September 20, 2019

BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING BY MATT MENDEZ


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Antheneum/ Caitlyn Dlouhy Books



BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING
By Matt Mendez


“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.”   
Fabi, her son Juan and his best friend JD find this out the hard way. They all had other plans for themselves, but life proved cruel and merciless. They are hoping for one last shot at their dreams…maybe.


SUMMARY:  Juan has plans. He's going to get out of El Paso, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself--or at least find something better than his mom Fabi's cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. Basketball is going to be his ticket out, his ticket up. He just needs to make it happen.

His best friend JD has plans, too. He's going to be a filmmaker one day, like Quinten Tarantino or Guillermo del Toro (NOT Steven Spielberg). He's got a camera and he's got passion--what else could he need?

Fabi doesn't have a plan anymore. When you get pregnant at sixteen and have been stuck bartending to make ends meet for the past seventeen years, you realize plans don't always pan out, and that there some things you just can't plan for...


Like Juan's run-in with the police, like a sprained ankle, and a tanking math grade that will likely ruin his chance at a scholarship. Like JD causing the implosion of his family. Like letters from a man named Mando on death row. Like finding out this man could be the father your mother said was dead.

Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise­-like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary, and Fabi is desperate to stop them. But, as we already know, there are some things you just can't plan for.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Like his characters, Matt Mendez grew up in central El Paso, Texas. He is the author of BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING, his YA debut novel, and the short story collection TWITCHING HEART.  He lives with his wife and two daughters in Tucson, Arizona. Visit him at www.mattmendez.com.




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September 19, 2019

DAUGHTERS OF THE STONE BY DAHLMA LLANOS-FIGUEROA



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Ingram Spark
DAUGHTERS OF THE STONE
By Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa


Vibrant. Lyrical. Powerful.  DAUGHTERS OF THE STONE follows five generations of Puerto Rican women on their 
physical and spiritual journey from the Old World to the New.


SUMMARY:   It is the mid-1800s. Fela, taken from Africa, is working at her second sugar plantation in colonial Puerto Rico, where her mistress is only too happy to benefit from her impressive embroidery skills. But Fela has a secret. Before she and her husband were separated and sold into slavery, they performed a tribal ceremony in which they poured the essence of their unborn child into a very special stone. Fela keeps the stone with her, waiting for the chance to finish what she started. When the plantation owner approaches her, Fela sees a better opportunity for her child, and allows the man to act out his desire. Such is the beginning of a line of daughters connected by their intense love for one another, and the stories of a lost land.
Mati, a powerful healer and noted craftswoman, is grounded in a life that is disappearing in a quickly changing world.
Concha, unsure of her place, doesn't realize the price she will pay for rejecting her past.
Elena, modern and educated, tries to navigate between two cultures, moving to New York, where she struggles to keep her family together.
Carisa turns to the past for wisdom and strength when her life in New York falls apart.
The stone becomes meaningful to each of the women, pulling them through times of crisis. Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa shows great skill and warmth in the telling of this heartbreaking, inspirational story about mothers and daughters, and the ways in which they hurt and save one another.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 
Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa was born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York City. She is a product of the Puerto Rican communities on the island and in the South Bronx. She attended the New York City public school system and received her academic degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Queens College-City University of New York. As a child she was sent to live with her grandparents in Puerto Rico where she was introduced to the culture of rural Puerto Rico, including the storytelling that came naturally to the women in her family, especially the older women. Much of her work is based on her experiences during this time. Dahlma taught creative writing and language and literature in the New York City public school system before becoming a young-adult librarian. She has also taught creative writing to teenagers, adults, and senior citizens throughout New York while honing her own skills as a fiction writer and memoirist. 

The 2009 hardcover edition of DAUGHTERS OF THE STONE was listed as a 2010 Finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize.  In February, 2019 Dahlma self-published the trade paperback edition of Daughters of the StonE which is being distributed by IngramSpark. Her short stories appear in the following anthologies: Bronx Memoir ProjectLatina Authors and Their MusesChicken Soup for the Latino SoulBreaking Ground: Anthology of Puerto Rican Women Writers in New York 1980 - 2012, and Growing Up Girl. Dahlma's work also appears in various literary magazines such as the Afro-Hispanic Review and Kweli Journal. Dahlma's Literary Agent, Marie Dutton Brown, is currently seeking a home for Dahlma's second novelA Woman of Endurance.  Since her retirement, Dahlma continues to dedicate herself to her writing, speaking engagements, and workshops. She resides in the Bronx with her husband, photographer Jonathan Lessuck.  Visit her at https://www.dahlmallanosfigueroa.com/.




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