Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Sep 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 224 pages

Winner of the American Book Award

 

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BUTTERFLY BOY: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa

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Poignant, heartfelt memoir of a gay Latino immigrant's coming-of-age, played out against a relentless backdrop of abuse and neglect. Poet, novelist and children's author González (So Often the Pitcher ... Read full review

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This was an interesting book, but I felt as if portions of the story were left out. I wanted to know more of why this boy seemed to blame everything on his father. A father that by no means was ... Read full review

Contents

Summers Passage Southern California 1990
3
Welcome to Indio California Pop 36793
10
Ghost Whisper to My Lover
17
Now Leaving Mexicali Baja California Norte
19
Ghost Whisper to My Lover
38
Childhood and Other Language Lessons
41
Bakersfield California 197072
43
Zacapu México 197279
47
Adolescent Mariposa
113
Ghost Whisper to My Lover
115
Indio 198388 El Campo Years
119
Zacapu Days and Nights of the Dead
163
Summers Passage
165
Ghost Whisper to My Lover
175
Zacapu July 1990 Imago
178
Unpinned
193

Thermal California 197980
55
Thermal 198182 Our Little Home on Top of the Garage
67
Summers Passage
100
Riverside California
195
Ghost Whisper to My Lover
204
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Page vii - Children begin by loving their parents. After a time, they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.

About the author (2006)

Rigoberto González is the author of many award-winning books for adults and children, among them So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a selection of the National Poetry Series; the novel Crossing Vines, named the ForeWord Fiction Book of the Year; and the teen novel The Mariposa Club, named to the American Library Association’s Rainbow List. He is a contributing editor to the magazine Poets and Writers, on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and on the advisory circle of Con Tinta, a coalition of Chicano/Latino activist writers. He is associate professor of English at Rutgers University at Newark.

Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Literary Achievement, Publishing Triangle