Winner of the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, Anthology, La Llorona . . . is an anthology dealing with the myth of La Llorona, the weeping woman, who haunts the riverbanks in Southwestern United States and Mexico. She is believed to have killed her own offspring and now wanders the waterside searching for them and occasionally abducts straying children. Poets, fiction writers, artists and photographers have been included in this volume.
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In many ways, the anthology La LIorona remind me of Isabella Allende's House of Spirits and the Greek mythological story about Lamia…A beautiful woman who killed her children so she could be together with her lover. Doomed to wander on this earth until she finds her children, she haunts the riverbanks, her grief stricken cries merging with the howling winds. Sometimes she steals children in an attempt to get one step closer to Heaven's gate. There is a good flow throughout the book. It is thoughtful and well composed with an interesting variation of an omnipresent and fascinating theme. Overall the 40 stories suit each other perfectly…they are all short, clear in form, and convey a message which provides the anthology with a lightness and elegance. The basic theme of the stories never becomes trite, and the reader is again and again surprised by the diversity and range. The myth is often served with surprising points and contemporary societal issues. The stories that made ¿¿the biggest impression on me, and are worth highlighting, were: "The Greeter" by Georgia Santa Maria; "city of the lost .... after Ed Field" by Richard Vargas; and "I weep, You weep, She weeps. We all weep "by Robert Masterson, These authors guide the reader directly into their universe, where the La LIorona myth is alive, deeply integrated and woven into our everyday lives. This makes the stories contemporary and even more relevant to the reader. All of the stories and poems can be read separately…perfect for holiday reading, or for people with busy schedules. La LIorona is a gem that should be part of one's personal book collection and I can highly recommend it to other readers.