The Magic of Blood

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Overview

In this dynamic collection of short stories, including eight from Winners on the Pass Line (1985), Dagoberto Gilb captures the texture of the Southwest's working class in clear, ironic, and bitingly realistic fiction about regular people going about their complex lives.

The winner of PEN's Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award presents a lovely, heartbreaking, finely crafted collection of stories about the poor and working-class in America's Southwest. "As unexpectedly ...

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Overview

In this dynamic collection of short stories, including eight from Winners on the Pass Line (1985), Dagoberto Gilb captures the texture of the Southwest's working class in clear, ironic, and bitingly realistic fiction about regular people going about their complex lives.

The winner of PEN's Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award presents a lovely, heartbreaking, finely crafted collection of stories about the poor and working-class in America's Southwest. "As unexpectedly beguiling and unforgettable as the arid stretches between their settings in El Paso and Los Angeles."--Library Journal.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Acclaimed Chicano writer Gilb's collection of short stories set in the American Southwest won the PEN Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award. $35,000 ad/promo. Author tour. (Sept.)
Library Journal
These plain-spoken stories take readers to construction sites and cheap rentals where chronically underemployed, necessarily mobile, struggling yet optimistic Texas Mexicans survive in an ungenerous world. Skilled laborers and tenuous families come alive in the undramatic settings and seethe with the blood and passion that transform ordinary events into the stuff of stories. In ``Nancy Flores,'' a breathtaking depiction of first love flows into the enigmatically sordid fall of a youthful hero. ``Winners on the Pass Line'' pairs the fates of two restless visitors to Las Vegas who connect briefly and profoundly. Gilb's lesser stories meander into facile or abrupt endings, but the best are as unexpectedly beguiling and unforgettable as the arid stretches between their settings in El Paso and Los Angeles. Recommended for public libraries and area collections.-- Janet Ingraham, Worthington P.L., Ohio
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802133991
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1994
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 798,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

Look on the Bright Side 3
The Death Mask of Pancho Villa 17
Nancy Flores 27
I Danced with the Prettiest Girl 51
The Magic of Blood 63
Al, in Phoenix 75
Romero's Shirt 93
Churchgoers 101
Something Foolish 119
The Prize 127
Truck 139
Where the Sun Don't Shine 149
Parking Places 159
Recipe 165
Photographs Near a Rolls Royce 171
The Desperado 181
Down in the West Texas Town 189
Love in L.A. 199
Winners on the Pass Line 203
The Senora 227
Ballad 231
The Rat 241
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Was a Democrat 247
Hollywood! 257
Vic Damone's Music 265
Getting a Job in Dell City 277
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    The good, the better, and the best!

    I have two brothers and a Dad who do construction work. Me too sometimes, but I more the reader in my family. I think Gilb's Franklin Delano Roosevelt story is one of his good ones, to disagree with the reader who wrote the above. It's about what it is to really be at a job, the politics there, and if you don't know about that, you can read this story. I love Gilb's work, and this book is one of my all time favorite's. Makes me want to be a writer. Even my own wife who thought it was a man's book said she loved it. Al in Phoenix isreally a great story, but check out Churchgoers, Down in the West Texas Town, Getting a Job in Dell City. This is one of the best books about men who work and from the southwest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful.

    This collection shows Dagoberto's trip from a clumsy storyteller to an accomplished artist. Stories like Franklin Delano Rosevelt Was a Democrat are hardly worth reading. They trip on the words and are hard to read. Yet, others like Al, in Phoenix reach the quality of clasics of the likes of Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea. Few stories have a plot if someone expects one, and few have a traditional ending. Yet, they are slices of life cut deep into human condition with the scalpel of Gilb's pen.

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