An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio

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Puffin Books, 1995 - Juvenile Fiction - 165 pages
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Day in the barrio -- Bad influence -- Arturo's flight -- Beauty lessons -- Catch the moon -- An hour with Abuelo -- The one who watches -- Matoa's mirror -- Don Jose of La Mancha -- Abuela invents the zero -- A job for Valentin -- Home to El Building -- White balloons.

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User Review  - Susanne - Goodreads

An excellent collection of short stories. I like the weaving of the characters in and out of each other's stories to give a sense of community. Cofer tackles issues such as gangs, shoplifting, and homosexuality with grace and compassion. Read full review

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User Review  - Katie Graham - Goodreads

It was an interesting look at Puerto Rican culture from the eyes of teenagers. It was slightly confusing that each chapter was a different teenager's perspective but by the middle of the book I ... Read full review


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About the author (1995)

Critically acclaimed and widely published poet, novelist, and essayist Judith Ortiz Cofer knows that "words have the power to transform you and give you the power to shape your life. The minute you open your mouth, you have introduced yourself." Writing extensively about the experience of being Puerto Rican and her identity as a woman and writer in the U.S., she is a lauded Regents and Franklin Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Georgia where she teaches literature and creative writing.