Before the End, After the Beginning

I first discovered Dagoberto Gilb’s work while taking an undergrad Chicano/a literature course at Texas State University and immediately fell in love it, so I was upset to learn that he’d had a stroke in 2009. Although Gilb permanently lost some vision in both eyes, he recovered enough use of one hand to return toContinue reading “Before the End, After the Beginning”

Quickies: The White Tiger & The Girl in the Flammable Skirt

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga Publisher/Year: Tantor Media, 2008 Format: Audiobook Source: Library What it is: A novel revolving around Balram Halwai, a successful entrepreneur who was able to establish himself even though he came from humble means. He finds work as a chauffeur for a wealthy family, which provides an enlightening peek into the servants’Continue reading “Quickies: The White Tiger & The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”

Quarantine: Stories

Quarantine is Rahul Mehta’s debut short story collection. Nearly all of the nine stories in it center around gay Indian-American male protagonists who are trying to navigate the murky overlap between sexuality and cultural heritage. With the exception of “Citizen,” all of the stories feature second- or third-generation young men whose beliefs and lifestyles are oftenContinue reading “Quarantine: Stories”

Spotlight On: Chicana/o Short Stories

May is Latino Books Month, so I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite Latin@ books every Saturday in May. Since May is also National Short Story Month, I’m starting with a couple of my favorite Chican@ short story collections, both of which happen to be written by Texas authors. Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros. I’mContinue reading “Spotlight On: Chicana/o Short Stories”