From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction

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Charles Rice-González, Charlie Vázquez
Lethe Press, 2011 - American fiction - 278 pages
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Prepare yourself to dance in a disco in Silver Lake, check out papis in Orchard Beach, cross the border from Guatemala to Mexico on your way to the U.S., see a puro macho bathe in a river in Puerto Rico, make love under a full moon in the Dominican Republic, sigh at a tender moment in an orange grove in Lindsay, visit a panaderia in Kansas, see a full blown birthday party in Juarez, and be seduced by a young artist in the South Bronx. These are some of the stories in this collection of thirty gay Latino writers from around the United States. There are "don't mess with me" divas, alluring bad boys, and sexy teenagers, but also empowered youth for whom being queer is not a question and a family that grows wings on their heads. The infectious rhythms of House music in New York City are adjacent to cumbia in Mexico, next to reggaeton in Puerto Rico, alongside Latin pop in L.A. and merengue in an east coast city. But the spectrum of experiences and emotions that inhabit our days gives these stories dimension and gay/queer Latinos a common ground. The stories are vibrantly varied and clearly connected in this "era of lost signals" in which we live.


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Introduction from the Editors Charles RiceGonzález
Introduction Charlie Vazquez
Huerfanita Little Orphan Girl David Andrew Talamantes
On the Line Benny Vásquez
Júnior Reggaetón Tropical Lawrence La FountainStokes
That Chilly Night in Old San Juan Bronco Castro
Yermo Charlie Vázquez
Este Dulce Frío Miguel Ángel Ángeles
The Fermi Paradox Ben Francisco
Antología Anthony Haro
My Hero Abel Jesus Suarez
Thunderclap David Caleb Acevedo
Empanadas Miguel M Morales
Requiem Sertanejo Rick J Santos
Midnight Waters Jimmy Lam

A Doomed Gay Marriage Rigoberto González
Good Blood Alex G Romero
Silly Boy Booh Edouardo
Baby Beautiful C Adán Cabrera
Fairy Tale Justin Torres
Pregnant Boy Chuy Sánchez
Javier Edwin Sánchez
The Team Johnathan Cedano
Dark Side of the Flame Danny Gonzáles
Baby Im Scared of You Ricardo Bracho
Centenario Alfonso Ramírez
Eden Lost W Brandon Lacy Campos
Fabrizio Guillermo Reyes
Michael Moves to Faile Street Charles RiceGonzález
The Unheard Border Story Bryan Pacheco
Orchard Beach Section Nine Robert VázquezPacheco
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