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La última de las muchachas del menú

La última de las muchachas del menú

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Written by Denise ChávezAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Denise Chávez
Translated by Liliana ValenzuelaAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Liliana Valenzuela

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage Espanol
  • On Sale: April 12, 2005
  • Price: $12.95
  • ISBN: 978-1-4000-3432-1 (1-4000-3432-9)
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Rocío Esquibel is a girl growing up in a Southern New Mexico town with her mother and sister. She defines her neighborhood by its trees—the willow, the apricot and the one they call the marking tree. Rocío knows she was born in the bedroom closet where she and her sister now take turns looking at the painting of Jesus whose eyes light up in the dark. She lives another life in her dreams; when she wanders the basement alone at night she enters a magical realm, and her imaginary Blue Room is big enough for her to fly from one end to the other.

A novel in stories, this is the first Spanish language edition of The Last of the Menu Girls,which was first published in English by a small press in 1986. Rocío Esquibel was one of the first voices of Chicana literature, and the story of her growth as a writer and a woman has been cherished by readers and frequently anthologized. The title story, about a girl who distributes menus in a hospital and learns to live among the dying, is in the Norton Anthology of American Literature. Celebrated for its portrait of a working class Mexican-American community, the book is also a universal story of finding one’s way in the world.

Denise Chávez has rearranged and edited the stories so they read more like a novel, without changing the spirit of a book that has become a classic.