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From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction Paperback – August 2, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1590212417 ISBN-10: 159021241X

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Tincture (August 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159021241X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590212417
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #807,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Finally, a good collection of gay Latino fiction in English. These international stories run the gamut from bitchy divas to really bad boys; from South America to the South Bronx. Steamy, spicy, and anything but boring, this collection of stories that feel true features truly great writing, wonderful plotting, and characters you care about. The full range of human experience covered in these stories shows how real they are and how we all stand on common ground.'' --OutSmart

''Dozens of gay Latino writers from all over the United States came together for the publication of From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. Though the stories may take many different forms through the voices of many people, they all center on those themes that are essential to the human experience like family, friends, happiness, loneliness, pain, neglect, sex, and love. The tales are woven together in a way that touches on the differences but more importantly highlights those similarities that create unshakable bonds. This is a must read not just for gay Latinos, but for anyone of the human persuasion.'' --Latina Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary on August 30, 2011
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I really love this book. Short stories are not usually my first choice in reading material, but this collection was recommended to me. And I am so glad it was! It uses the short story medium to convey a very broad spectrum of the Latino gay experience. And the human experience.

The writers are skilled at expressing their feelings. What is it like to realize you are gay? To be hated for it? What are the deeper implications of this in the diverse Latino cultures? It describes the differences and experiences that are unique to the Latino gay experience, but it also reveals the writers' humanity and describes experiences we all share. First love is first love. It is an amazing and overwhelming experience whether your are Black, white, Latino, gay, straight or purple.

Yes, this book describes what makes the gay Latino experience unique, but it also describes the human feelings experienced by all. I know that reading it gave me greater insight into things that have made many of my friends who they are. Things that are too personal to be talked about much. Though this is a fiction collection, I suspect many of the stories have their origins in personal experience - they are almost memoirs. They are beautiful and made me both laugh and cry - sometimes at the same time!

I would highly recommend this book to all. The writing is consistently great - and it will open both your heart and mind to the joys and the pains of the Latino gay experience - and the American experience.

I especially loved the stories by Jimmy Lam and Benny Vasquez. Read them both several times!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. SANDOVAL on December 23, 2011
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I've been waiting for a gay Latino anthology to come along that was just as strong as "Virgins, Guerrillas y Locas" That day has finally come. Where "Virgins, etc" focused on love, the stories here seem to have a unifying thread/threat of violence. But don't let that scare you away. I really recommend this one.
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These stories are alive and vibrate with a sense of real life. They speak to us of a wide variety of coming out experiences and gay life in general - all from the unique point of view of Latino culture. A great selection! I'm waiting for more.
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