Margins by Terri De La Pena

cover of the book MarginsMargins by Terri De La Pena
Genre: Chicana Interest; Fiction
Copyright Year: 1992
Published: 2000
Publisher: Seal Press
Format: Trade Paperback
No. of Pages: 336
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ISBN: 1580050395
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In Veronica Melendez, the novelist paints a vibrant portrait of a multidimensional young woman fully embracing her life. — From Publishers Weekly This deftly written first novel describes the loneliness and isolation of a closet lesbian in a tight-knit and often suffocating Chicano family. Veronica Melendez, a 22-year-old graduate student in English at UCLA, survives a car accident in which her longtime friend and lover, Joanna, is killed. While tending to her emotional and physical wounds, she meets Siena Benedetti, a beautiful, fiery-haired Italian neighbor, and Rene Talamantes, a passionate Chicana film student. Roni is deeply attracted to Siena and grateful for the diversion from her loss, which she has been trying to assuage by writing stories. Siena, who is recovering from an abortion and a series of bad relationships, falls equally in lust. But when Roni’s teenage nephew catches them in bed together, it sets off a chain of events that sends Siena back to the straight life and leads Roni to confront the repudiation of her parents and the Catholic Church. Finally, it is Rene who helps Roni rediscover her Mexican heritage and infuses her with the courage to tell the truth about her sexuality, leaving her ‘ready to move beyond societal and cultural boundaries, beyond her stories’ well-defined margins. ‘ Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. From Library Journal Recovering from a car crash that left her lover dead and put her in a coma, Veronica Melendez isn’t looking for another lover but finds two. Until the accident, life had been simple. She was a dutiful daughter, college graduate student, and secret lover of her childhood friend, Joanna. Beautiful Sienna and wild Rene each help Veronica realize that she wants to ‘come out’ both to her family and in her short story writing. This lusty story of the awakening of a 22-year-old Chicana lesbian uses Spanish dialog intermixed with English to effectively show both Veronica and the reader the value of bilingualism without making it a necessity. The process is all in this story. As the young woman regains her strength and learns new skills, she realizes that with kindness but toughness she can face her family and the rest of the world openly. -Regan Robinson, ‘Librarians Collection Letter, ‘ Keller, Wash. Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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