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Ana Castillo

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Ana Castillo is the author of the novels The Mixquiahuala Letters, Sapogonia, and So Far from God; the story collection Loverboys; the critical study Massacre of the Dreamers; and several volumes of poetry. She has received an American Book Award, a Carl Sandburg Prize, and a Southwestern visa mer Booksellers Award for her work. She lives in Chicago. (Bowker Author Biography) Ana Castillo is the author, most recently, of "Peel My Love Like an Onion", as well as three other novels, a previous collection of poetry, "My Father Was a Toltec", & numerous other books. She lives in Chicago with her son, Michael. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
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Ana Castillo is one of those writers I count on for engaging reading material. She has a knack for shining light on ordinary life in ways that make it bright and faceted: a combination of significant details that might not be captured by less adept writers.

The stories in Doña Cleanwell Leaves Home take place in Chicago, New Mexico, and Mexico City and contain overlapping characters. The overlap isn't enough to make this book a novel-in-stories, but it does allow opportunities to view individual people and situations from multiple perspectives. Doña Cleanwell examines the lives of Latinx families under stress—sometimes generational differences, sometimes a lack of trust within a marriage, sometimes gender tensions. These stories don't offer sweeping narrative arcs, but the small, detailed portraits they offer are fascinating, particularly when viewed in relation to one another.

If you enjoy writing about families, Latinx fiction, and/or short stories, this is a book you'll want to read—and will probably race through, as was my experience. Once I began reading I didn't put it down until I came to the final page.

I received a free electronic review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley; the opinions are my own.
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Sarah-Hope | May 4, 2023 |
Ana Castillo's voice pulled me through this novel--the humor and conversational tone is evident throughout. I thought it was going to be lighthearted when I started reading it, but it quickly became apparent that was not the case. It was hard to get a bead on this. I was kind of repulsed by the infatuation with her not actual cousin; I couldn't make sense of how the rapes were handled (or weren't); and I found much of the rest of the frequent, often graphic sex to be joyless, even when maybe it wasn't supposed to appear so. For much of the book, I felt really sad for Palma and also wondered if she was an anti-hero. The book doesn't have much of a plot, but really in the end, it's all about getting a fuller picture of how Palma has come to be. It was a little bit of a bummer after loving So Far From God sooooo incredibly much, but at the same time, I'm really excited to read more of Castillo's work.… (mer)
LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I loved this book so much I found myself literally hugging it. I neglected so many other things just to sit down and take time reveling in it. Dreamy books like this are my favorite--I loved how timeless it felt even when it was very much of its time. I will return to this one, again and again.
LibroLindsay | 5 andra recensioner | Jun 18, 2021 |
The repetition of the positive affirmation throughout the poetic chant shows how the embedded life advice is coming from a caring place. The mix of modern Mexican mural art and ancient Aztec hieroglyphics for the books illustrations are a great way to show how the old world and new both benefit from timeless advice.
Kevin-Kelley | 5 andra recensioner | Nov 26, 2018 |



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