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By Norma Elia Cantú

Can?cula—the puppy days—a fairly extreme a part of the summer season while such a lot cotton is harvested in South Texas. In Norma Cant?'s fictionalized memoir of Laredo within the Nineteen Forties, Nineteen Fifties, and early Sixties, it additionally represents a time among formative years and an as but unknown maturity. real snapshots and the author's re-created stories enable readers to adventure the pivotal occasions of this world—births, deaths, accidents, fiestas, rites of passage. This renowned e-book gained the 1995 Premio Aztl?n. "A customized ethnography that feels as primary as my very own family members album, and as touching."—Ana Castillo"Intimate as a poem, and as huge because the Texas sky, those tales are instantaneously diminutive and grand."—Sandra Cisneros

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In the photo, smiles belie tired, aching feet and backs; smiles on serious faces, stiff bodies posed for life. And in the distance the river slithers silently down to the end, or the beginning. High above in the heavens a speck of metala jet from the northflies south, leaves a trail of white cloud as a tail on a homemade paper kite. Page 4 May Dahlia, Bueli, Tino, cousin Lalo, and I pose one balmy May evening in front of the four-room frame house on San Carlos Street. I and Dahlia wear white organdyrecycled first communion garb.

Gloria Anzaldúa Page vii Contents Introduction xii Prologue 1 Las Piscas 3 May 4 Crossings 5 Rocking Horse 5 On the Bridge 7 The Flood 9 Pepa 11 Esperanza 12 Tino 14 Perpetuo Socorro 15 Papi's Horse 15 Mamagrande 16 Los Pulido 18 Dahlia One 19 Mexican Citizen 21 Bueli 24 Azalia 25 Ojo de Agua 26 First Steps 28 Third Grade 29 Políticos 30 Nacho 31 Cowgirl 33 Comadres 35 Parade 37 China Poblana One 38 China Poblana Two 40 Green Organza 42 Margarita 43 Blue Stroller 45 Lola's Wedding 47 Mase 49 Nena at Three 53 Last Piñata 54 Communions 56 Panchita 57 Body Hair 60 Declamación 62 Doña Carmen 63 Polka Dots 64 Don Vicente 64 A Baby 65 Martha's Mamagrande 66 Halloween 68 Camposanto 70 Huesario 71 Lucita 72 Treeky-treat 73 Elisa 75 Tina One 78 Chalo 79 Tina Two 82 Bodas de Oro 82 Tía Chita 83 Tía Piedad 84 Christmas 87 Henrietta 88 Outings 90 Summer Reading 92 La Escuelita 93 La Cueva 95 The Fire 97 Susto 98 Romana 99 El Mercado 100 First School 102 Santa Maria 103 Dahlia Two 105 The Wedding 107 Tia Nicha 108 Kites 112 Matachines 113 Fever 114 Fridays 115 Nun's Habit 116 The Beach 118 Cowboy Boots 118 Susirio 120 Ahijada 121 Pancho 121 Healings 122 Piojos 124 Memo 125 René 127 Martin High 130 Page ix Acknowledgments I acknowledge all who helped make this project happen.

The votive candle on the tiny shelf still burning to an empty space. Papi's Horse My father is on his favorite horse. " He's young in the photo, it must be in Allende or in one of the nearby ranches where he grew up. In the photo, a huge cedar ash windbreaker sepiadarkens one side of the jacal in the background where a field extends into the sky. The land. My father venerates it, even now as he grows a couple of corn plants, squash, tomatoes. He used to talk of going back Page 16 to Mexico, of settling in a small town, Vallecillo, Sabinas, Anáhuac.

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