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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Outskirts Press; 1St Edition edition (August 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1432730711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1432730710
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.4 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

NATIONAL AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR, Thelma T. Reyna, has been writing for over 30 years, with her short stories, poems, essays, book reviews, and other nonfiction published in literary journals, anthologies, textbooks, online journals and ezines, blogs, websites, newspapers, and other print and electronic media over the years.

Dr. Reyna was named Poet Laureate of the Altadena (CA) Library District for 2014-2016 in recognition of her poetry-related accomplishments.

Her first book, THE HEAVENS WEEP FOR US AND OTHER STORIES (Outskirts Press, 2009) earned 4 national awards, as follows:
--2011 Indie Award for Book Excellence, Finalist: Multicultural Fiction
--2011 Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Honorable Mention, Grand Prize Round: General Fiction
--2011 The Montaigne Medal, Finalist
--2010 National Best Books Awards/USA Book News, Finalist: Short Story Literature.

In addition, Dr. Reyna's two poetry chapbooks-BREATH & BONE (2011); and HEARTS IN COMMON (2013)--was each a Semi-Finalist in two national poetry chapbook competitions and were published by Finishing Line Press. Both are available through Finishing Line Press as well as amazon.com.

Dr. Reyna's fourth book--RISING, FALLING, ALL OF US (2014)--was issued in May. It is a full-length volume of her collected and new poetry. The poems depict people from all walks of life, the famous, infamous, mythical, and everyday people who cross our paths and reveal their humanity in compelling verbal snapshots.

In addition, Dr. Reyna's fiction and poetry can be found in other publications listed on amazon.com, such as the anthologies SOUL VOMIT: BEATING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (2012); VWA: VOICES OF HAITI (2010); PHAT'ITUDE (Vol. 3, Winter 2012); JOURNAL OF MODERN POETRY (Vol. 16; Vol. 17); the literary journals IF & WHEN (Volumes 1, 2, and 3); and PALABRA: A MAGAZINE OF CHICANO & LATINO LITERARY ART (Issue 6, 2010; Issue 8, 2012). She served as Editor of other books listed on amazon.com, such as SO YOU WANT TO BE A COP; TELENOVELA; LOVE, DEATH, AND OTHER WAR STORIES; RENAISSANCE PORN STAR; GONE IN A FLASH; and various others.

Dr. Reyna writes the blogs "American Latina/o Writers Today" (www.Latinowriterstoday.blogspot.com) and "The Literary Self" (www.TheLiterarySelf.blogspot.com). She has also been a guest blogger on three other literary blogs. She received a Ph.D. from UCLA and is an editor/ghost writer/writing consultant in her company, The Writing Pros, based in Pasadena, CA. (www.TheWritingPros.com). Visit her website at www.ThelmaReyna.com.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Perez on March 8, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem of a book. I had so many favorite lines that I underlined, like in the title story: "...plain boxes hobbled together with moans and prayers and whys."

Or "The greatest redeemer is a new day" in the story, Little Box. How often do we all wake up and feel that, or at least hope for it?

I loved the passion and poignancy of the story, Saving Up, particularly the line, "But tumbleweeds gather so many little and big things." They do indeed, just like life.

"Woman are my solace. My only solace" in Juana Macho is another memorable phrase from that tale of want and torment. Memorable too is the poetic-like line,"Better to step away, to remember that nothing keeps" in the story, Faithless.

Thelma writes with a smooth and engaging simplicity that's at the same time layered and deep. The kind of book you can read in one nice gulp, or as little appetizers to feed your day.

Muy bueno!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. Haussler on March 30, 2011
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The clear simple prose is a marvel and the stories are timeless and universal. This is a delightful read. I am reminded of listening to stories as a child; the way my mind entered a space outside of space and time and became entranced. Yet these are also hard reads; hard not in the sense of difficult, but in the sense they do not shy away from the fact that life is hard on all of us. But life is filled with surprises too. Thelma Reyna captures " all that" in her stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandra's Book Reviews on October 18, 2010
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The stories in this book don't have a solid beginning, middle, and end. They just sort've plop you in the middle of it and it just goes nowhere from there.

Most of the time after I've finished a story, I was like, "Yeah....and?" What happens next?

They just left me unfulfilled and kept me wondering.

However, the author does make up for it with good writing. The best story in this collection was "Little Box."
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