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Book Title: Gringa|
The author of the book: Melissa Hart
Edition: Seal Press (CA)
Date of issue: August 17th 2009
ISBN 13: 9781580053235
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 32.98 MB
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Torn between the high socioeconomic status of her father and the bohemian lifestyle of her mother, Melissa Hart tells a compelling story of contradiction in this coming-of-age memoir. Set in 1970s Southern California, Gringa is the story of a young girl conflicted by two extremes. On the one hand there’s life with her mother, who leaves her father to begin a lesbian relationship, taking Hart and her two siblings along. Hart tells of her mom’s new life in a Hispanic neighborhood of Oxnard, California, and how these new surroundings begin to positively shape Hart herself. At the opposite extreme is her father’s white-bread well-to-do security, which is predictable and stable and boring. Hart is made all the more fraught with frustration when a judge rules that being raised by two women is “unnatural” and grants her father primary custody.
Hart weaves a powerful story of fleeting moments with her mother, of her unfolding adoration of Oxnard’s Latino culture, and of the ways in which she’s molded by the polarity of her parents’ worldviews. Hart is faced with opposing ideals, caught between what she is “supposed” to want and what she actually desires. Gringa offers a touching, reflective look at one girl’s struggle with the dichotomies of class, culture, and sexuality.
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Read information about the authorI like owls. And traveling. I like kayaking and hiking and camping all over Oregon with my husband and nine-year old daughter. I like cats, adoption, and my lesbian mothers. I'm particularly fond of Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.
I live in Eugene with Western screech owls in my backyard and a fine black cat named Alger Hiss in my house. My middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl, comes out with Sky Pony Press in 2016. I also wrote the YA memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009) and Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons 2014).
My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres,and The Writer. I started publishing at age 16, with two rhyming poems in Cat Fancy. I'm happy to recite them up on request.
I'm a nonfiction instructor for the Whidbey Writers Workshop M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. I also teach high school Literature for Laurel Springs School. You can catch me leading workshops and eating too many cookies at writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest. I blog about outdoor adventure at Northwest Nature Nerd on Wordpress.com.
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