By Judith Ortiz Cofer,Elena Olazagasti-Segovia
In the poem from which the e-book takes its name, a "woman of no-age" presides over a small shop whose wares--Bustelo espresso, jamón y queso, "green plantains striking in stalks like votive offerings"--must fulfill, besides the fact that imperfectly, those that starvation for his or her island domestic. within the tale "Nada," an anguished mom whose son has been killed in Vietnam refuses the comfort of her acquaintances and the medals provided by means of the govt. ("Tell the Mr. President of the U.S. what I say: No, gracias."). Cofer's essay "The Paterson Public Library" recollects how, in books, she chanced on safe haven and solace from the surface world.
El deli latino transcends the details of the expatriate adventure to talk common truths concerning the mysteries of wish, the hunt for wisdom, and the fight to reconcile opposing selves.
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