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From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction Paperback – 1 Aug 2011
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''Dozens of gay Latino writers from all over the United States came together for the publication of From Macho to Mariposa: New Gay Latino Fiction. Though the stories may take many different forms through the voices of many people, they all center on those themes that are essential to the human experience like family, friends, happiness, loneliness, pain, neglect, sex, and love. The tales are woven together in a way that touches on the differences but more importantly highlights those similarities that create unshakable bonds. This is a must read not just for gay Latinos, but for anyone of the human persuasion.'' - Latina Magazine
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The writers are skilled at expressing their feelings. What is it like to realize you are gay? To be hated for it? What are the deeper implications of this in the diverse Latino cultures? It describes the differences and experiences that are unique to the Latino gay experience, but it also reveals the writers' humanity and describes experiences we all share. First love is first love. It is an amazing and overwhelming experience whether your are Black, white, Latino, gay, straight or purple.
Yes, this book describes what makes the gay Latino experience unique, but it also describes the human feelings experienced by all. I know that reading it gave me greater insight into things that have made many of my friends who they are. Things that are too personal to be talked about much. Though this is a fiction collection, I suspect many of the stories have their origins in personal experience - they are almost memoirs. They are beautiful and made me both laugh and cry - sometimes at the same time!
I would highly recommend this book to all. The writing is consistently great - and it will open both your heart and mind to the joys and the pains of the Latino gay experience - and the American experience.
I especially loved the stories by Jimmy Lam and Benny Vasquez. Read them both several times!