BLACK DOVE: Mamá, Mi’jo, and Me (Life Stories) by Ana Castillo May 10, 2016, Feminist Press; NY

INTRO (excerpt, on U.S. history of immigration, my own grandparents’ migration north and repatriation in 1929)
“To think that less than a hundred years ago, up to a million people were corralled, harassed, and handed orders as private citizens to leave this country. They were told to leave hard-earned good lives behind, lives that might’ve included work, property, family, community, church, and future plans. This seems a monumentally sad, unimaginative way to fix a fallen economy.

¿Qué? No lo entiendo, I say to you.”


‘On Mothers, Lovers, and, Other Rivals,’ new memoir essay in BLACK DOVE (MAY 10, 2016, Feminist Press; NY)

‘This is not the story about a love affair. It is a story about the love affair. It doesn’t tell how it started or all the good stuff along the way. It is only about its inevitable end. There was a lot of good stuff, to be sure. For example, I recall the hard earned week at a resort in Manzanillo where we spent most of the time in our room or by the pool and back to our room…’

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‘Are Hunters Born or Made?’ memoir essay in BLACK DOVE

Excerpt: “’In other words…’ I started slowly, needing to paraphrase what he’d just confirmed to give myself a little time to absorb it. “if a girl goes after you, you are automatically not interested in her on principle.”
“Oh without a doubt. I’m a hunter.” No question, he was smug.
“Okay, Bambi,” I said, “ As you go off to join the thundering herd, what do you expect from the girl now? You blew her off. You were rude.”
People say my son…”

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