Hard Language: Short Stories

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Arte Público Press, 2000 - Fiction - 164 pages
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Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. California writer Mike Padilla has produced in his first book an award-winning story collection of remarkable artistic maturity, social scope, and psychological subtlety. Winner of the University of California at Irvine Chicano/Latino Literary Prize, HARD LANGUAGE is filled with hard-to-forget characters. Among his other startling snapshots, Padilla captures the day his character's family got together to tear apart old Aunt Eufrasia's house: It is like the christening of a ship, my mother said as the pickaxe swung...

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Contents

The Reason for Angels
19
Hard Language
33
Carrying Sergei
55
Copyright

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Mike Padilla's stories have previously appeared in periodicals including Indiana Review, Puerto del Sol, The American Literary Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Sequoia, and The Madison Review. He lives and works in Los Angeles.

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