Chasing Shadows by Lucrecia Guerrero

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Lucrecia Guerrero's shimmering debut collection paints a vivid, beautiful, and haunting portrait of life in a fictional U.S./Mexican border town as it traces the crossed paths of a cast of characters whose lives intersect in surprising ways. By turns funny, poetic, and clear-sighted, appealing to readers of Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende, and Sandra Cisneros, Guerrero's stories reveal the moments in which we consciously and unconsciously reveal ourselves. A mother and twenty-year U.S. citizen still ashamed of her "imperfect" immigrant background, agrees to report illegals at the border with a pair of loaned binoculars. A local man's rough but naive past lets him confuse a momentary connection with a female bus passenger as part of an entire romantic future in which he has no place. An aging and meticulous dandy known as the "White Dove" is accompanied by his daughter to meet an old friend who she secretly knows will never arrive. Two young brothers infatuated with the same self-possessed girl adopt different attitudes to sweet and shocking result. As their lives interweave between the stories, the resonance of their hopes and fears in shared circumstance draw a deep sense of collective emotional longing and a sense of place that is simply unforgettable.

About Lucrecia Guerrero

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Lucrecia Guerrero stories have appeared in a number of literary magazines and an anthology of Mexican-American writers. She now lives in Ohio.
Published June 1, 2000 by Chronicle Books. 176 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Flaco grows to adore Tonantzin, and in one of the most touching pieces here, “Cloud-Shadow,” he pledges his eternal love after discovering that she must move away.

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Guerrero's debut collection creates a fictional Mexican-American border town named Mesquite as the setting for most of its 11 stories. This imagined locale gains authenticity as the hopes, anguish and

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In a subtle and melancholy story, ""Hotel Arco Iris,"" proudly middle-class Dolores Duran has the freedom to live alone with lovers that come and go.

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