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Description - Zigzagger by Ilan Stavans

Set mainly in California's Central Valley, Manuel Munoz'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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780810120990
ISBN-10: 0810120992
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 184
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ilan Stavans

Manuel Munoz attended Harvard University and Cornell University, and is the recipient of an Individual Artist's Grant in Fiction from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation. His stories have been published in Glimmer Train, Boston Review, Epoch, Colorado Review, and many other journals. He lives in New York City.

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