Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist by Kathleen Alcalá

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14 stories set in Mexico & the Southwest US
 

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Kathleen Alcala is a writer whose trilogy on nineteenth centKathleen Alcala is a writer whose trilogy on nineteenth century Mexico was published by Chronicle Books. Her work has reury Mexico was published by Chronicle Books. Her work has received the Western States Book Award, the Governor's Writersceived the Western States Book Award, the Governor's Writers Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award, and a Washin Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller's Award, and a Washington State Book Award. A co-founder and contributing editor gton State Book Award. A co-founder and contributing editor to The Raven Chronicles, Kathleen teaches at the Northwest Ito The Raven Chronicles, Kathleen teaches at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, a low-residencynstitute of Literary Arts on Whidbey Island, a low-residency program. She was recently deemed an Island Treasure by the program. She was recently deemed an Island Treasure by the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. Kathleen receBainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council. Kathleen received an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Award ived an Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Award for work on her book, Cities of Gold. She is a member of Losfor work on her book, Cities of Gold. She is a member of Los Nortenos writers group. Her work has been produced for publ Nortenos writers group. Her work has been produced for public radio, and she co-wrote, with director Olga Sanchez, a plic radio, and she co-wrote, with director Olga Sanchez, a play based on her novel, Spirits of the Ordinary that was proday based on her novel, Spirits of the Ordinary that was produced by The Miracle Theatre of Portland, Oregon. Kathleen isuced by The Miracle Theatre of Portland, Oregon. Kathleen is the author of a short story collection, MRS. VARGAS AND THE the author of a short story collection, MRS. VARGAS AND THE DEAD NATURALIST, and three novels: Spirits of the Ordinary, DEAD NATURALIST, and three novels: Spirits of the Ordinary, The Flower in the Skull, and Treasures in Heaven. Her colle The Flower in the Skull, and Treasures in Heaven. Her collection of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name is available fction of essays, The Desert Remembers My Name is available from the University of Arizona Press, and her previous books rom the University of Arizona Press, and her previous books are all available in paperback. Her latest story appears in are all available in paperback. Her latest story appears in SEATTLE NOIR from Akashic Books. SEATTLE NOIR from Akashic Books.
 
Published January 1, 1992 by Calyx Books. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Birds figure prominently elsewhere, as in ``The Canary Singer''--which features a woman with the remarkable ability to sing like a bird, a gift that takes her far from a humble family origin holding the secret of her gift--or ``Flora's Complaint,'' in which the arrival of a black swan on the lawn...

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This brief collection of short stories set in Mexico and Southern California exudes a seemingly effortless charm, piquing the palate with a modicum of Latin-style spice.

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