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No. 8 Woman Hollering Creek (1991)

Sandra Cisneros

Cisneros wasn’t born in Texas, but her rendering of the rasquache Tex-Mex vernacular is pitch-perfect in this short-story collection, which appeared just seven years after she arrived in San Antonio. Anchored in Mexico and Texas, these stories read like lapidary poems, telling of romance, revenge, carnal and spiritual longing, and whimsy. One story, written as a compilation of letters to various South Texas healers, saints, and virgins, ends with a confession by a woman that connects Texas, ancient Mexico, and divine universal forces. The book, still arresting today, expanded the way everyday life in Texas could be represented.

 

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