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Cristina Rivera Garza is an award-winning author, translator, and critic. Her books, originally written in Spanish, have been translated into multiple languages. She is the recipient of the Roger Caillois Award for Latin American Literature (2013), the Anna Seghers-Preis (2005), and the only two-time winner of the International Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Prize (2001; 2009). She received her PhD in 2012 in Latin American history from the University of Houston, where she is currently Distinguished Professor in Hispanic Studies. Sarah Booker is an English-to-Spanish translator and PhD candidate at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research revolves around contemporary Latin American narratives and translation studies. She is particularly interested in the relationship between translation and identity in the region, as well as fictional representations of translation.


This collection of verse and prose pieces by over 50 Italian American women writers-some well established, others newer to the field-reveals the evocative and provocative power of food as event and as symbol, as well as the diversity of these women's lives and their ambivalence regarding the role of nurturer. Most of the selections have a deeply spiritual or religious dimension, albeit not always an affirmative one. For instance, in Camille Trinchieri's "Kitchen Communion," a grieving widow gives her adult children ashes from their father's cremated remains as a way of keeping the dysfunctional family together, while Sandra M. Gilbert's "Kissing the Bread" explores various kinds of kisses-of blessing, preparation for crisis, guilt, mocking, dread, and good-bye. Highly recommended for larger public libraries and for readers seeking meditations on the reality of women's lives.-Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Like famous Italian-American women from Geraldine Ferraro to Carmela Soprano, almonds can range from sweet to bitter. Like those quintessentially Mediterranean nuts, the pieces in this impressive anthology are, with varying degrees, gentle and piercing. Some are best read alone over a cup of steaming cappuccino, while others pack more of a punch when read out loud with sisters or girlfriends. Editors DeSalvo (Vertigo) and Giunta (Writing with an Accent) have collected a vast, thoroughly wonderful assortment of poetry, memoirs and stories from more than 50 writers that defines today's female Italian-American experience. There are the requisite tales of women winning men's hearts through their stomachs (in "Love Lettuce," Flavia Alaya writes about her Dutch husband's status as "Italian by marriage"), but these accomplished writers who are also editors, filmmakers, novelists and translators go beyond relationships with men to delve deep into their own psyches, exploring the balance between the self and the family, a strain that many modern Italian-American women feel. Carole Maso ruminates on motherhood and the "unstoppable emotion" that a sad Sicilian lullaby creates in her in "Rose and Pink and Round." Nancy Savoca's "Ravioli, Artichokes, and Figs" tells of the author's dying mother, who, after refusing food for days, agrees to share a fig with her daughter ("She ate the little piece I offered her. I was so happy. I ate the rest"). Differing widely in subject, yet keeping food the central theme, these pieces will undoubtedly prompt female readers to contemplate the influence of their own grandmothers, mothers and aunts; the comfort of their culture and cuisine; and their own place in the world. (Sept. 1) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

"Astounding and thought-provoking." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Rivera Garza's taut language drives the mystery forward, and she plays cleverly with the literary and political histories of Mexico, the importance of queer visibility, and the silencing of female authorship. An existential gothic tale about the high stakes of understanding--and accepting--the self." --Kirkus Reviews"Enigmatic. . . . a joy to behold." --Los Angeles Review of Books

"Cristina Rivera Garza fills every chapter with suspense and nonstop mystery. Nonetheless, the plot is not centered in resolving these mysteries, but rather, it provides the reader a mind-bending journey filled with symbolism and a reality that follows its own rules of logic" --Latino Book Review

"One of the most fascinating novels I've read in years--utterly weird yet deeply resonant in its portrayal of gendered violence." -- The Millions

"Symbolism abounds in the book; again, there great depths one could dig through, and The Iliac Crest could easily be read over and with new discoveries. Garza's writing is gorgeous and precise, tying the various aspects of the book together into what is, at its core, a strange and unforgettable read." --The Riveter

"Although modest in length, Garza's creative piece is a complex puzzle that might take multiple readings to unravel fully... Despite the novel's brevity, Booker's translation makes clear the intricate and delicate poetic dance Garza crafts among the three main characters." --Shelf Awareness

"The Iliac Crest carries out a sophisticated, dynamic inquiry into language, gender, and power, and leaves its readers transformed by its lyrical investigation of what it means to inhabit a body." --Music & Literature

"[A] haunting, brilliant novel" --Center for the Art of Translation

"It seems to contain a multitude of novels, exploring a multitude of realities, experienced simultaneously. The result is exhilarating." --The Quarterly Conversation

"An intelligent, beautiful story about bodies disguised as a story about language disguised as a story about night terrors. Cristina Rivera Garza does not respect what is expected of a writer, of a novel, of language. She is an agitator." --Yuri Herrera, author of Kingdom Cons

"Like the ocean itself, Cristina Rivera Garza writes a world where borders shift and dissolve. In the curves of the fantastic, the highest realism is born. This world is weird. This world is so deeply true. Reader, I love this wholly perfect book."--Samantha Hunt, author of Mr. Splitfoot

"Warning: Cristina Rivera Garza is an explosive writer yet to be fully accounted for in English. She is an insubordinate stylist, a skilled creator of atmospheric and haunting language, and The Iliac Crest is a willfully queer piece where the workings of her wild imagination destabilize everything." --Lina Meruane, author of Seeing Red

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