Elements: Short Stories

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FC2, 1997 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Elements, a wild ride through the barrios of East L.A.: two homeboys caught in a house burgling, a weirdo on the loose in Hollywood, a loner brooding on a drug deal, a fledgling writer cartwheeling across the landscape in his attempts for wholeness, falling down flat and getting up again in a series of stories displaying the confusions and angst, the joys and beauties of being Mexican American and being alive. Elements, a healthy addition to the growing family of Mexican American literature, a new voice, a fresh perspective, an appealing candor, a revealing look into the soul of the Mexican American neither barrio born and raised nor suburban weaned and teased, but a working-class product of two cultures vast and conflicting.

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About the author (1997)

Stephen Gutierrez was born and raised in Los Angeles. Elements won the Charles H. and N. Mildred Nilon Excellence in Minority Fiction Award.  Live from Fresno y Los, a second collection of stories, was published by Bear Star Press in 2009. 

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