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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A compassionate, delicate rendering of Puerto Rican life in America—told in poetry and 15 short stories—as Cofer continues to explore territory first described in her debut novel, The Line of The ... Read full review

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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


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About the author (1995)

Judith Ortiz Cofer (1952—2016), a native of Puerto Rico, was a long-time professor of English at the University of Georgia and the author of many books including The Latin Deli, Silent Dancing, and The Line of the Sun.

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