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The Latin Deli : Prose and Poetry - Judith Ortiz Cofer

The Latin Deli

Prose and Poetry

Paperback Published: 17th May 1995
ISBN: 9780393313130
Number Of Pages: 192

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A community transplanted from what they now view as an island paradise, these Puerto Rican families yearn for the colors and tastes of their former home. As they carve out lives as Americans, their days are filled with drama, success, and sometimes tragedy. A widow becomes crazy after her son is killed in Vietnam, her remaining word "nada." Another woman carries on after the death of her husband, keeping their store, filled with plantain, Bustello coffee, jamon y queso, open as a refuge for her neighbors. And there are Cofer's stories of growing up with a dictatorial and straying father, a caring mother, and a love for language that will lead to a career as a teacher and writer.

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"A delicious smorgasbord of the sights, smells, tastes, and sounds recalled from a cross cultural girlhood." -- Booklist "[Judith Ortiz Cofer] may well be the most important Hispanic writer in English today, the one who will happily leave behind ethnic writing to insert herself and her successors in a truly universal literature." -- Ilan Stavans - In These Times "This powerful collection of stories, essays, and poems shows a remarkable range, and, like a great singer, Judith Ortiz Cofer knows how to hit all the notes." -- Larry Brown

Acknowledgments
The Latin Deli: An Ars Poeticap. 3
American Historyp. 7
Not for Salep. 16
Twist and Shoutp. 22
By Love Betrayedp. 24
From "Some Spanish Verbs": Orar: To Prayp. 28
From "Some Spanish Verbs": Dividir: To Dividep. 29
From "Some Spanish Verbs": Respirar: To Breathep. 31
From "Some Spanish Verbs": Volar: To Flyp. 32
An Early Mysteryp. 33
Feverp. 35
The Lesson of the Sugarcanep. 36
A Legion of Dark Angelsp. 37
The Changelingp. 38
Absolution in the New Yearp. 39
From the Book of Dreams in Spanishp. 41
The Witch's Husbandp. 42
Nadap. 50
Letter from a Caribbean Islandp. 61
Guard Dutyp. 63
The Purpose of Nunsp. 65
The Gamep. 67
The Lesson of the Teethp. 69
They Never Grew Oldp. 70
Nothing Wastedp. 72
Women Who Love Angelsp. 74
To Grandfather, Now Forgettingp. 75
My Grandfather's Hatp. 78
Bloodp. 79
The Life of an Echop. 80
Juana: An Old Storyp. 81
The Campesino's Lamentp. 82
Las Magdalenasp. 83
Olgap. 84
Dear Joaquinp. 85
Lydiap. 87
Vidap. 88
Pacienciap. 90
Old Womenp. 91
Corazon's Cafep. 93
How to Get a Babyp. 119
Advanced Biologyp. 120
The Paterson Public Libraryp. 130
The Story of My Bodyp. 135
The Chameleonp. 147
The Myth of the Latin Woman: I Just Met a Girl Named Mariap. 148
Saint Rose of Limap. 155
Countingp. 157
Unspokenp. 158
Who Will Not Be Vanquished?p. 159
Hostages to Fortunep. 162
To a Daughter I Cannot Consolep. 163
Anniversaryp. 164
5:00 A.M.: Writing as Ritualp. 166
The Medium's Burdenp. 169
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780393313130
ISBN-10: 0393313131
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 17th May 1995
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Number: 1

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