By Norma Elia Cantú
Can?cula—the puppy days—a fairly excessive a part of the summer season whilst such a lot cotton is harvested in South Texas. In Norma Cant?'s fictionalized memoir of Laredo within the Forties, Nineteen Fifties, and early Sixties, it additionally represents a time among youth and an as but unknown maturity. real snapshots and the author's re-created thoughts enable readers to event the pivotal occasions of this world—births, deaths, accidents, fiestas, rites of passage. This renowned publication received the 1995 Premio Aztl?n. "A custom-made ethnography that feels as regularly occurring as my very own kinfolk album, and as touching."—Ana Castillo"Intimate as a poem, and as huge because the Texas sky, those tales are straight away diminutive and grand."—Sandra Cisneros
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I'm homesick for parents, and siblings, and bingo at San Luis Rey Church with Concha our neighbor. Cousins. ;" to sing something, and I sing to them silly nursery rhymes and tell them these are great songs: Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffet, Old MacDonald. " And, ''Padre e hija fueron a misa, se encontraron un francés .. " I'm homesick and I don't have a word for itI cry silently at night asleep in a cot out on the zaguán of the long long house with the colonial windows that face the street, sills close to the floor, cool to the touch, so wide we play jacks on them while the adults sleep their siesta.
To everyone who was there for me, inspired, listened, shared, and in innumerable ways touched my life I offer my sincere gratitude. Finally, and always, I acknowledge the Creator, the Universe in all its manifestations that guides my every step. ¡Gracias! Page x Page xi Introduction This work is the second part of a trilogy that goes from the late 1800s to the late 1900s. The first part, Papeles de Mujer, consists of correspondence and documents that tell the story of a family in the geographical space between Monterrey, Mexico, and San Antonio, Texas, from 1880 to 1950.
The woman pieces together her lover's lifethe parents smile from black-and-white photos taken before the Spanish Civil War, the war that took the father and left the mother a widow. A babycherubicsits on a manto and gives the camera a wary look; he's an only son. " He has offered his life in a sheaf of photos to an intimate stranger from an unknown land he cannot fathom, a land as far from Spain as the unknown, between two countriesMexico and the United Statesa land that's to her as far as last night's dream after listening to La Traviata and the dinner he cooked, chicken in red wine sauce, el vino tinto reminding her of her mother's red-blood roses.