Zigzagger

ISBN-10: 0810120992
ISBN-13: 9780810120990
Edition: 2003
Authors: Manuel Munoz
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Description: Set mainly in California's Central Valley, Manuel Muntilde;oz's first collection of stories goes beyond the traditional family myths and narratives of Chicano literature and explores, instead, the constant struggle of characters against their  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 10/28/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 184
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

Set mainly in California's Central Valley, Manuel Muntilde;oz's first collection of stories goes beyond the traditional family myths and narratives of Chicano literature and explores, instead, the constant struggle of characters against their physical and personal surroundings. Usually depicted as the lush and green world of rural quiet and tranquility, the Valley becomes the backdrop for the difficulties these characters confront as they try to maintain hope and independence in the face of isolation. In the title story, a teenage boy learns the consequences of succumbing to the lure of a town outsider; in "Campo," a young farm worker frantically attempts to hide his supervision of a huddle of children from the town police, only to have another young man come to his unexpected rescue; in "The Unimportant Lila Parr," a father must expose his own secrets after his son is found murdered in a highway motel. From conflicts of family and sexuality to the pain of loss and memory, the characters in Zigzagger seek to reconcile themselves with the rural towns of their upbringing--a place that, by nature, is bordered by loneliness.

Manuel Mun~oz's short story collection, The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, was a finalist for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and the prestigious Whiting Award, and is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Acknowledgments
Anchored
Zigzagger
The Third Myth
Tiburon
Museo de Bellas Artes
The Unimportant Lila Parr
Swallow
No Blood
Campo
The Wooden Boat
Loco
By the Time You Get There, by the Time You Get Back
Anchorage
Astilla
Waiting to Be Dangerous
Not Nevada
Fotito
Waiting to Be Dangerous
Zapatos
Good as Yesterday
Everything the White Boy Told You
The Harbor of Hands
Hombres
Skyshot
Teatro Japones
Monkey, Si
Clima

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