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California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century Paperback – November 1, 2004

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About the Author

Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the award-winning author of The Mistress of Spices, Sister of My Heart, Queen of Dreams, and many other books.

William E. Justice studied Russian literature at the University of Kansas and is currently special projects manager at Heyday Books.

James Quay has served as the executive director of the California Council for the Humanities since 1983.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday Books (November 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 189077197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890771973
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Someone loaned me this book on a backpacking trip and was I surprised to find such rich reading fare. The stories all focus on some aspect of life in California. The authors - a mix of old and new- are well chosen. This book made me remember how entertaining the short story genre can be. It defiinitely has a place in this hurried world we occupy. I think this is a higly worthwhile read.
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The writing is very good. Most of the stories, however, deal with pain. The pain of loss of innocence, the pain of leaving one's homeland, the pain of adapting to the cruel urban jungle. Read all together , they are just too sad.
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A collection of short stories, excepts from novels, and a few poems sounded like a nice selection. I thought it would be something I could easily pick up and put down. Each story is about someone living in California - almost all told from the point of view of immigrants and from different time periods. I thought the idea was good, but I found that I missed the feel of short stories. Only one of the excerpts from a novel left me feeling satisfied.

I did find a couple of quotes -

"At some point in your story grief presents itself. Now, for the first time, your room is empty, not merely unoccupied."

- D.J. Waldie, from Holy Land

"There bodies don't work, their minds have wandered off to meet old friends and new horizons, and their own families treat them like they are idiots."

- Laila Halaby, The American Dream

"Money, though, is an illusion with green faces. I think this is so money has a personality - like the way our dieties end up with traits like the rest of us. People create money then they let money create them."

- Luis J. Rodriguez , "My Ride, My Revolution" from The Republic of East L.A.

If nothing else, I think I found a couple new authors. I am curious to read the rest of the story. I look forward to discussing it at book club.
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Exactly as advertised! A lot of times when it says "slightly used" it comes looking like crap but they described it perfectly and it was practically brand new!
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