Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility by Patricia Santana

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It's April 1969, and fourteen-year-old Yolanda Sahagún can hardly wait to see her favorite brother, Chuy, newly returned from Vietnam. But when he arrives at the Welcome Home party the family has prepared in his honor it's clear that the war has changed him. The transformation of Chuy is only one of the challenges that Yolanda and the rest of her family face. This powerful coming-of-age novel, winner of the 1999 Chicano/Latino Literary Contest, is a touching and funny account of a summer that is still remembered as a crossroads in American life. Yolanda and her brothers and sisters learn how to be men and women and how to be Americans as well as Mexican Americans.

"A captivating portrayal . . . .the novel is challenging, warm, provocative, often humorous, always engaging."--Rudolfo Anaya

"Patricia Santana's Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquillity will take you on an exhilarating journey through the tortured landscape of the late 1960s, and show you how the stench of a brutal foreign war and revolutionary winds at home swept into the lives on one Mexican American family in Southern California. . . . Santana takes her place among those new Chicana writers who are refashioning the face of American literature for the twenty-first century."--Jorge Mariscal, University of California, San Diego, author of Aztlan and Viet Nam: Chicano and Chicana Experiences of the War


ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS

Patricia Santana is chair of the foreign languages department and professor of Spanish at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, California. Her earlier book, Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility (UNM Press), received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and was selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults.

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"Edgy and interesting, this is a great first novel. Buy it!"
-- Multicultural Review


"Seasoned with salty dashes of Spanish and radiant with family warmth and affection, Santana's 1999 Chicano/Latino Literary Contest-winning first novel tells the tender coming-of-age tale of a young Chicana in 1969 San Diego. . . . Santana has her finger on the pulse of Mexican-American life in Southern California."
-- Publishers Weekly


"This proud Chicana has the strength and savvy to take all that life has to offer, and to make it her own. Following her journey is pure pleasure."
-- Crosswinds Weekly, Albuquerque
 

About Patricia Santana

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Patricia Santana is chair of the foreign languages department and professor of Spanish at Cuyamaca College, El Cajon, California. Her earlier book, Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility (UNM Press), received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and was selected by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults.
 
Published February 22, 2002 by University of New Mexico Press. 276 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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In Santana's heartfelt debut (winner of 1999's Chicano/Latino Literary Contest), trauma for San Diego's Sahagún family begins in 1969 when son Chuy returns from Vietnam an aloof, bitter man.

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Seasoned with salty dashes of Spanish and radiant with family warmth and affection, Santana's 1999 Chicano/Latino Literary Contest–winning first novel tells the tender coming-of-age tale

Feb 04 2002 | Read Full Review of Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of...

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Wonderfully realistic dialogue, Yoli's candid first-person narration and a feel-good conclusion replete with wedding bells round out this remarkably touching story about the ramifications of war on a shatterproof Mexican family.

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