In the story entitled “The Neighbor,” seventy-nine-year-old Sarita has just called 911 to report a disturbance next door. Sarita doesn’t much like her neighbor Matilde and thinks she’s a fool to put up with the philandering boyfriend who beats her. But Sarita feels obligated to help because Matilde’s mother was her best friend. “That’s for not singing at your funeral, even though I promised,” she whispers to her dead comadre. And this time, Sarita’s deliberate provocation of the volatile situation next door will end the beatings once and for all.
Past and present are interwoven in this award-winning collection of 11 stories dealing with migration across geographical and cultural boundaries. Set in California and Mexico, the characters in these stories struggle with all that life throws their way, including abusive boyfriends, separation from loved ones, and unfaithful spouses, all in an uneasy search for a balance between a Mexican past and a Mexican-American future
Published by Arte Publico Press.