Loteria by Ruben Mendoza
And Other Stories

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Not simply a collection of disparate stories, Rubn Mendoza's Lotera breaks new ground exploring literary territory somewhere between the novel and story forms. The book has been described as a mosaic of inter-related pieces which, while certainly able to stand alone quite well, make their greatest impact when taken as a whole in the over-arching structure of the book. Character relationships and histories weave in and out of different pieces, making up a larger narrative built on the cobbled bits and pieces of lives, while the same insistent emotional undercurrent runs throughout, creating a different kind of narrativeone less dependent on traditional plot linearity and more intent on developing an emotionally and thematically integrated whole. The author's world (and the world of Lotera) is one in which straight linear narrative no longer makes sense, and where the need for emotional connections is therefore perhaps more important than ever before.

About Ruben Mendoza

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Ruben Mendoza was born in 1972 and raised near San Jose, Calif. He began writing at the age of eight. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles to study jazz guitar at the University of Southern California, where he earned a degree in American literature in 1994. Mendoza writes mystical tales that explore the Mexican-American experience, focusing mostly on the lives of Hispanics in today's California. His books include "Loteria and Other Stories," "Breathe," and "Menthols." Ruben Mendoza lives in the Los Angeles area.
Published March 1, 1998 by Buzz Books. 128 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The last story chronicles Esperanza's hard, short life, while others have more tenuous connections to Vida and Esperanza: various family members are on a quest for ""golden pears and pearls"" or have nostalgic memories of the scent of ""warm rain and orchids."" Perhaps if Mendoza didn't strain qu...

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