Chicano by Richard Vasquez

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A bestseller when it was published in 1970 at the height of the Mexican-American civil rights movement, Chicano unfolds the fates and fortunes of the Sandoval family, who flee the chaos and poverty of the Mexican Revolution and begin life anew in the United States.

Patriarch Hector Sandoval works the fields and struggles to provide for his family even as he faces discrimination and injustice. Of his children, only Pete Sandoval is able to create a brighter existence, at least for a time. But when Pete's daughter Mariana falls in love with David, an Anglo student, it sets in motion a clash of cultures. David refuses to marry Mariana, fearing the reaction of his family and friends. Mariana, pregnant with David's child, is trapped between two worlds and shunned by both because of the man she loves. The complications of their relationship speak volumes -- even today -- about the shifting sands of racial politics in America.

In his foreword, award-winning author Rubén Martínez reflects on the historical significance of Chicano's initial publication and explores how cultural perceptions have changed since the story of the Sandoval family first appeared in print.


About Richard Vasquez

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Born in 1928, Richard Vasquez worked for several newspapers, including the Santa Monica Independent, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to Chicano, he published two other novels, The Giant Killer and Another Land. He died in 1990. Nacido en 1928, Richard Vasquez trabajÓ para varios periÓdicos, incluyendo el Santa MÓnica Independent, el San Gabriel Valley Tribune y el Los Angeles Times. AdemÁs de Chicano, publicÓ dos otros libros: The Giant Killer y Another Land. MuriÓ en 1990.
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 464 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A long, earnest chronicle about Mexican Americans in California, from turn-of-the-century northern Mexico to contemporary East Los Angeles.

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