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Sonia Gutiérrez's Dreaming with Mariposas, written in a Tomás Rivera and Sandra Cisneros bildungsroman vignette style, recounts the story of the Martínez family as told through the eyes of transfronteriza/transboundary Sofía Martínez, "Chofi," Francisco and Helena's daughter, as well as multiple narrators, emulating oral tradition. The novel embraces food as a communal practice with the ability to heal a family through storytelling. Dreaming with Mariposas presents glimpses of poetic diction in times of anti-rhetoric, inspiring readers to reclaim their sacred spaces and voices and to pursue dreams even when the future looks dismal. Chofi witnesses institutional racism, sexual harassment, and colorism and learns to navigate her parents' dreams and her dreams as she discovers her superpower, the strength of her Mexican Indigenous heritage, and the spirit world.

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ISBN-13: 9781953447999
Publisher: Flowersong Press
Publication date: 12/14/2020
Pages: 210
Sales rank: 1,145,334
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Sonia Gutiérrez is the author of Spider Woman / La Mujer Araña (Olmeca Press, 2013) and the coeditor of The Writer's Response (Cengage Learning, 2016). She teaches critical thinking and writing, women's, gender, and sexuality studies, and multicultural studies. Her second bilingual poetry collection, Paper Birds / Pájaros de papel, is seeking publication. She is currently working on Sana Sana Colita de Rana, a poetry collection, and moderating Poets Responding. She lives in California with her family and cat, Arlito. To learn more about Sonia Gutiérrez and her work, visit

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