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El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border

El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border

by Richard Yanez


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780874175332
Publisher: University of Nevada Press
Publication date: 01/01/2003
Series: Western Literature Series
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 1,238,789
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Desert Vista1
Good Time18
Amoroza Tires34
Rio Bravo71
Rio Grande80
Lucero's Mkt.93
Sacred Heart110
I&M Plumbing128

What People are Saying About This

Stuart Dybek

Richard Yañez is true to the title of his first book, El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border. Not only do these stories document, from an insider's privileged perspective, the overlap and collision of cultures, but the over arching theme of border gives the collection a novel like coherence. Yañez creates a vital world rooted in Texas settings and inhabited by characters who are one with place. It's a world that remains realistically convincing even as it conveys metaphorical power. The notion of border comes to be explored on many levels-cultural, political, social, and psychological. Clearly, Yañez knows what he's after, and it's a pleasure to read a writer working out an idea (as opposed to merely rehearsing a predictable agenda)-an idea that's wedded to emotion as authentic and unacademic as a Johnny Cash song.

Dagoberto Gilb

Richard Yañez's El Paso del Norte made me miss home. I wanted to go to a Good Time Store and load ice into a Grande Guzzler, I wanted to hit Desert Vista Junior High and shoot hoops, I wanted an order of taquitos at Chico's Tacos. His stories, like his characters Apolonio and Manuel from "I & M Plumbing," are quiet and honest. But listen: Yañez is in the proud cry of new Chicano voices crossing over into what have been fenced literary borders."

Susan Straight

Richard Yañez has created an entire world here with his tender, yet unsentimental portraits of people struggling and loving and living on the border. It's a testament to his writing that I worried about them long after I'd finished the stories, and that I imagined myself cruising the streets with his characters.

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El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As I began to read the first story it brought back some of my own memories on Alameda, Zaragoza and North Loop. I could not put the book down until I literally finished reading it. All the stories had some sense of familarity.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A few years ago, I read the short story, 'Lucero's Mkt.,' in Bilingual Review. I didn't know the author but the story moved me with its powerful, poignant portrait of two lost souls: a woman who had lost her mind (known in the neighborhood as, 'La Loquita') and Rafael, the lonely, owner of the tiendita. When I started to read Richard Yañez's debut collection, 'El Paso del Norte: Stories on the Border,' I was delighted when I came upon 'Lucero's Mkt.' It sat happily nestled among the other borderland stories in this slim, eloquent and vibrant collection. Yañez has a gift: he can bring to life one region in Texas (near the Mexican border) but he doesn't write the same story over and over again. The characters range across the map of Latino experiences: undocumented immigrants, pochos, young, old, male, female, middle-class, indigent. Yañez never falls in the trap known as bathos. He paints an honest picture of life on the border without pulling punches. But he also shows respect for the people he writes about even those who are riddled with imperfections. This is a very fine, accomplished book. I highly recommend it.