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Ana Castillo
Ana Castillo

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Ana Castillo is the author of the novels The Guardians, Peel My Love Like an Onioin, So Far from God, The Mixquiahuala Letters, and Sapogonia. She has written a story collection, Loverboys; the crtitical study Massacre of the Dreamers; the poetry collection My Father Was a Toltec and Selected Poems; and the children's book My Daughter, My Son, the Eagle, The Dove. She is the editor of the anthology Goddess of the Americas: Writings on the Virgin of Guadalupe, available from Vintage Espanol (La diosa de las Americas). Castillo has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Book Award, a Carl Sandburg Award, a Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Chicago with her son, Marcel.

Ana Castillo es la autora de las novelas The Guardians, Peel My Love Like an Onion, The Mixquiahuala Letters, So Far from God y Sapogonia; la colección de cuentos Loverboys; el estudio crítico Massacre of the Dreamers; y la colección de poemas My Father Was a Toltec. Ha sido galardonada con el Carl Sandburg Prize, el Southwestern Booksellers Award y el American Book Award. Vive en Chicago con su hijo Marcel.

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The Squatter and the Don

Written by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Introduction by Ana Castillo


Format: eBook, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 18, 2007
Price: $2.99

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The Squatter and the Don

Written by Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton
Introduction by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 9, 2004
Price: $23.00

The Squatter and the Don, like its author, has come out a survivor,” notes Ana Castillo in her Introduction. “The fact that it has resurfaced after more than a century from its original publication is a testimony to its worthiness.” Inviting comparison to Uncle Tom’s Cabin, María Amparo Ruiz de Burton’s... Read more >
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Carmen La Coja
una novela
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: October 3, 2000
Price: $15.00

Equal parts soap opera, tragicomedy, and rhapsody, Carmen la Coja is Ana Castillo’s imaginative variation on the themes of Bizet’s Carmen, set in the Latin community of Chicago and the seductive world of flamenco. Carmen “La Coja” Santos is a renowned local dancer who has long maintained an affair with the... Read more >
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Carmen La Coja
una novela
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: eBook, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: August 17, 2011
Price: $11.99

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The Guardians
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: September 9, 2008
Price: $15.00

From American Book Award-winning author Ana Castillo comes a suspenseful, moving new novel about a sensuous, smart, and fiercely independent woman. Eking out a living as a teacher’s aide in a small New Mexican border town, Tía Regina is also raising her teenage nephew, Gabo, a hardworking boy who has entered... Read more >
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The Guardians
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: eBook, 224 pages
Publisher: Random House
On Sale: December 10, 2008
Price: $11.99

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I Ask the Impossible
Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 20, 2001
Price: $14.00

Cherished for her passionate fiction and exuberant essays, the author hailed by Julia Alvarez as “una storyteller de primera,” and by Barbara Kingsolver in the Los Angeles Times as “impossible to resist,” returns to her first love—poetry—to reveal an unwavering commitment to social justice, and a fervent embrace of the sensual... Read more >
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I Ask the Impossible
Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: eBook, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 10, 2011
Price: $11.99

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La diosa de las Américas
Escritos sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe
Edited by Ana Castillo
Translated by Mariela Dreyfus


Format: Trade Paperback, 316 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.95

Patron saint of Mexico, maternal deity, divine protector, symbol of comfort and of human potential, the Virgin of Guadalupe has been revered for centuries in many forms throughout the world. In this collection, Ana Castillo has brought together original essays, historical writing, fiction, drama, and poetry "as diverse as each individual"... Read more >
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La diosa de las Américas
Escritos sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe
Edited by Ana Castillo
Translated by Mariela Dreyfus


Format: eBook, 316 pages
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
On Sale: November 11, 2013
Price: $11.99

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The Mixquiahuala Letters

Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 18, 1992
Price: $13.95

Winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation, this epistolary novel focuses on the relationship between two strong and fiercely independent Chicana women-Teresa, a poet and writer, and Alicia, an artist-examining Mexican forms of love, gender conflict and female friendship. Read more >

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My Father Was a Toltec
and Selected Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $14.95

Ana Castillo has a deserved reputation as one of the country's most powerful and entrancing novelists, but she began her literary career as a poet of passion and uncompromising commitment. This collection brings back into print the best of her early work, including selected poems from The Invitation and Women Are... Read more >
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My Father Was a Toltec
and Selected Poems
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: eBook, 192 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 12, 2009
Price: $11.99

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Peel My Love Like an Onion
A Novel
Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 12, 2000
Price: $15.00

A renowned flamenco dancer with a leg touched by polio falls out of love with her married troupe leader and turns to his younger, graceful godson.  Like Bizet's legendary gypsy, Carmen "La Coja" (The Cripple) Santos is hilarious, passionate, triumphant, and mesmerizing. A renowned flamenco dancer in Chicago despite the legacy of... Read more >

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Sapogonia

Written by Ana Castillo


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 1, 1994
Price: $13.00

In "Sapogonia," the revised edition of Ana Castillo's second novel, the complexities of mixed race relations and heritage in Latin America are examined.  In her second novel, Castillo (the author of The Mixquiahuala Letters) examines the obsessive struggle between a man and a woman, two natives of the metaphorical country of Sapogonia... Read more >
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