Mosquito

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Beacon Press, Jan 1, 1999 - Fiction - 616 pages
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Sojourner Nadine Jane Johnson, also known as Mosquito, is an African-American truck driver. Set in a south Texas border town, "Mosquito" is the story of her accidental and yet growing involvement in "the new underground railroad, " a sanctuary movement for Mexican immigrants. Mosquito's journey begins when she discovers Maria, a stowaway who nearly gives birth in the back of the truck; Maria will eventually name her baby Journal, a misspelled tribute to her unwitting benefactor Sojourner. Along the road, Mosquito introduces us to Delgadina, a Chicana bartender who fries cactus, writes haunting stories, and studies to become a detective - one of the most original and appealing characters in all of Jones' fiction. We also meet Monkey Bread, a childhood pal who is, improbably, assistant to a blonde star in Hollywood, where Mosquito pays her a memorable visit. As her understanding of the immigrants' need to forge new lives and identities deepens, so too does Mosquito's romance with Ray, a gentle revolutionary, philosopher, and, perhaps, a priest.

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User Review  - Prytanias - Goodreads

It's been at least a couple of years since I read this book, but I remember I loved it and thought about it a long time after! Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah Schuff - Goodreads

Decades ago I found and bought Gayle Jones' book Corregidora in a National Women's History Project catalog. While I no longer remember the book, I never forgot the author. So when a book club offered ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1999)

Gayl Jones was born in Kentucky in 1949. She attended Connecticut College and Brown University, and has taught a Wellesley College and the University of Michigan. Her other books include THE HEALING (1998 National Book Award Finalist and New York Times Notable Book of the Year) and many others.

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