Walking Home: Growing up Hispanic in Houston

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This ground-breaking, mixed genre memoir journeys from the soil of Texas farmland near Floresville to the shrimpers’ nets of the Gulf Coast, near Matagorda.  Three generations of Hispanic families are viewed through the faith-filled lens of the miraculous and the poignancy of dreams never realized.  The journey continues to mid-twentieth century Houston, where what is done is as powerful as that which never happened.

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Overview

This ground-breaking, mixed genre memoir journeys from the soil of Texas farmland near Floresville to the shrimpers’ nets of the Gulf Coast, near Matagorda.  Three generations of Hispanic families are viewed through the faith-filled lens of the miraculous and the poignancy of dreams never realized.  The journey continues to mid-twentieth century Houston, where what is done is as powerful as that which never happened.

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“Here, in words which seem refracted through the stained-glass window made up of common earth and laced always with the transcendent, Sarah Cortez offers us insight into those who have shaped her, as well as into the complexities of coming into her own multifaceted selfhood. Here is her world, illuminated by the light of faith and the rich tradition of her Tejano heritage.”--Paul Mariani

“In this mixed-genre memoir, Cortez invites us to sit by her side as she shares the seminal, poignant memories of the early years of her life.  She segues from one genre to another so artfully and seamlessly that the skillfully executed poems appear a natural, intensified extension of the luminous prose.”--Larry D. Thomas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933896830
  • Publisher: Texas Review Press
  • Publication date: 8/31/2012
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,430,390
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH CORTEZ is the author of How to Undress a Cop.  She has edited Windows into My World: Latino Youth Write Their Lives (2007); Hit List:The Best of Latino Mystery (2009); Indian Country Noir (2010); and You Don’t Have a Clue: Latino Mystery Stories for Teens (2011).  She lives and works in Houston, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Walking Home ix

Section 1

White 1

Nimbus 4

Rose 7

Cobalt Blue 10

The Lady 13

The Son 17

Emerald Green 20

Black 22

Gilt 24

Blood-red 26

Brown 28

Vegetation 31

The Blue Ribbon 34

The Looking 36

Section 2

Costume Jewelry 38

On South Main 39

Pot of Rouge 40

The Donut Hole 41

Being Five 43

Chow Dog 44

Aunt Aurora 45

Magic 47

Glow 48

Fish To Catch 49

Happiness 51

Return 53

Bill William's Fried Chicken 54

Surf Fishing 56

Haunt 57

Seguin 58

The Gift 60

Baycliff 61

Joe Angel 63

The Claiming 65

Realization 66

Delivery 68

Visiting 70

Harmony Wedding Chapel 71

Charlie 72

Atlanta 1969 74

Question 75

Walking Home 76

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