Ghosts of El Grullo

Ghosts of El Grullo Having left her much loved San Diego barrio Yolanda Sahag n is now living in the university dorms when a series of events her mother dies and her father sells their home forces her to re examine her

  • Title: Ghosts of El Grullo
  • Author: Patricia Santana
  • ISBN: 9780826344090
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Having left her much loved San Diego barrio, Yolanda Sahag n is now living in the university dorms when a series of events her mother dies and her father sells their home forces her to re examine her life Yolanda visits her parents hometown of El Grullo, Mexico, struggling to understand the ghosts in her life her mother, her father, and her seemingly idyllic childhoodHaving left her much loved San Diego barrio, Yolanda Sahag n is now living in the university dorms when a series of events her mother dies and her father sells their home forces her to re examine her life Yolanda visits her parents hometown of El Grullo, Mexico, struggling to understand the ghosts in her life her mother, her father, and her seemingly idyllic childhood She fears losing herself in the disintegration of the family For Yolanda, her father is her enemy or so she thinks , and in the course of the novel we see him at his best and worst, and we see Yolanda at her best and worst.This is a story of Yolanda s initiation into womanhood and about her fierce struggle to make sure her family does not dissolve Family and sexual politics love, death, and abandonment the struggle to resolve a personal identity in the context of a shattered, first generation immigrant American family these are the hugely painful obstructions Yolanda must surmount or incorporate into her own being as she makes her life s journey Ghosts of El Grullo is a sequel to Santana s critically acclaimed and prize winning Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility.

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    1. Ghosts of El Grullo Join Yolanda Sahagun in 1973 as she learns about her past, her present and what will eventually shape her future.Ghosts of El Grullo is the touching and emotionally connecting story of family, its trials and difficulties and yet how necessary and joyful it truly is. As a tender sequel to her first book, Patricia takes us further into the challenging journey towards adulthood that we must all venture on. Her story is a poignant tome, as she relates the immigrant/everyone exper [...]

    2. ghosts of el grullo is the follow-up to Patricia Santana’s debut novel, motorcycle ride on the sea of tranquility, which was selected as one of the best fiction books for young adults by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.The time is now 1973. Many things have changed for the Sahagun family. Carolina has married her boyfriend Tom, Ana Maria is still secretly dating Tony, Antonio is married, and Octavio has chosen bachelorhood and lives [...]

    3. There were a lot of interesting elements to this book - family, memory, loyalty, coming-of-age. At the start of the book, Yoli has just graduated from high school and is on her way, with her mother, to a tea held by the D.A.R. to honor those to whom they have awarded scholarships. Although Yolanda expects her mother to feel completely out of her element - this immigrant Mexican woman with a limited English vocabulary and the mother of nine children - surprises her by sharing a story from her pas [...]

    4. A deeply reflective story of a disfunctional immigrant family and a daughter's search for understanding it. There are quite a few compelling moments in the book, with a heavy dose of spirituality. I would have rated it higher, but it meanders a bit.Still a good choice.

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