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After one particularly vicious fight between a Barrio Anita mother and her pregnant 15-year old daughter, the mother - having made her share of costly mistakes - collapses with love and regret. Did the daughter remember the story her grandmother used to tell? That the moon is a big tortilla? It rises in the sky to feed God. Each night, God nibbles away at it. When he consumes it all, the earth sends him a fresh one.
So go the stories in this collection. In its "Tales of Love," regrettable behaviors too often are cyclical, and young women (and a couple of men) get consumed and replaced by fresh ones.
Former Tucson High teacher, Gayle Jandrey, writes that she drew from experiences ofher students and friends to create this Spanglish-speaking, Southern Arizona community. Its lives are hardly easy - love is irresistible, but it's rife with disappointments, abuses, betrayals and consequence.
Jandrey shows a clear affection for her population in "Tortilla Moon." The stories showcase a sensitive ear for language, clear eye for detail, and a deft hand rendering culture and narrative.
From the Author
- ASIN : B07BNZ3HH7
- Publisher : Cascabels Press (March 22, 2018)
- Publication date : March 22, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2592 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 266 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,100,762 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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These stories are steeped in Mexican culture and family. The writing is musical and rings with authenticity. And the story arcs reveal a world that’s surely no telenovela, though it’s got all the ingredients: Same spice, different mixing bowl perhaps; a real world where pregnancy leads to childbirth, and children grow into teens.
As families repeat the mistakes of the past, travelling from Nogales to Tuscon and back, characters learn the value of friendship, the pain of love, and the betrayals of destiny. There’s salt in the gas tank and revenge in a wounded woman’s heart. But behind it all there’s the balance of love and fear between mother and child, love and punishment, love and betrayals that almost look like miracles. Life is a spiral not a circle after all, and we’re free to choose if love will lift us up or bear us down. Meanwhile “la Virgen de Guadalupe” keeps watch, “for reals.”
Tortilla Moon is a novel broken into stories, a story bound together through characters, and a vision of truth told through falsehoods. It’s a truly captivating read.
Disclosure: I was given a free ecopy and I offer my honest review.
A MUST READ!