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1. Maravilla [2006]

233 p. ; 23 cm.
Maravilla is the first urban novel about Latino youth's experinece in the streets of a major metropolitan area. This is also the earliest novel ever written about an urban Latina finding her way in the mean streets of L.A. This is a novel written about Latino youth living in the barrio. It depicts their experience in the housing projects of L.A. The Maravilla project was a well known public housing in East Los Angeles during the mid-fifties where poverty, crime and desperation often ran unmitigated. This novel for the first time depicts the Chicano youth--long before they ever were known as such--in the L.A. barrios. "I named you Consuelo, " my mother said, "because you didn't stop screaming for hours when you were born. I figured you needed hope." To Consuelo Concepcin, "Cece" Contreres, however, hope seems to be just about all she's got. So when her boyfriend is cheating on her, her friends are doing drugs, and her parents don't understand her, is it any wonder that the only person she can talk to is St. Teresa de Avila? From the housing projects of East Los Angeles, Maravilla, to the lively scene of San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district in the 1960s, Laura del Fuego's novel tells the absorbing and personal tale of a young Chicana, like many in real life, making her way in turbulent times. It is a thoughtful and sometimes violent story about coming of age in the heart of the barrio, discovering one's self in the midst of chaos and trying to make sense of a troubled life. An outstanding young writer, del Fuego knits a complex weave whereby her heroine progresses through the barrios of East Los Angeles during the effervescent years of the 1960's. Unlike, Garca Mrquez' narrative thatcenters on political turmoil and violence, Del Fuego's bring us the asphalt jungle, violence in the inner city barrio, which equally unsettle and destroy the Latino pathos. This new height of writing style and drama is a welcome addition to the selected group of Hispanic women writers. Most highly recommended.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780915745906 20160527
Green Library, Special Collections

2. Maravilla [1989]

233 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
SAL3 (off-campus storage), Special Collections
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sd., col. (some b&w) ; 4 3/4 in.
Lourdes Portillo, niece of Oscar Ruiz Almeida, interviews family and associates of Ruiz Almeida's after his sudden death, ruled suicide by authorities.
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