The Latin Deli: Prose and Poetry

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1995 - Biography & Autobiography - 170 pages
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A community transplanted from what they now view as an island paradise, these Puerto Rican families yearn for the colors and tastes of their former home. As they carve out lives as Americans, their days are filled with drama, success, and sometimes tragedy. A widow becomes crazy after her son is killed in Vietnam, her remaining word "nada." Another woman carries on after the death of her husband, keeping their store, filled with plantain, Bustello coffee, jamon y queso, open as a refuge for her neighbors. And there are Cofer's stories of growing up with a dictatorial and straying father, a caring mother, and a love for language that will lead to a career as a teacher and writer.
 

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The Latin deli: prose and poetry

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Poet and novelist Ortiz Cofer offers her readers an affecting view of Puerto Rican New York in this autobiographical assortment of essays and poems. Her stories celebrate, mourn, and honor Latinas ... Read full review

Contents

American History
7
Not for Sale
21
Fever
35
Nada
50
Guard Duty
63
My Grandfathers Hat
78
Old Women
91
The Story of My Body
135
Hostages to Fortune
162
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About the author (1995)

Judith Ortiz Cofer is a professor of English at the University of Georgia and the author of The Line of the Sun and Silent Dancing.

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