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Locas: A Novel
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0802135641, Paperback)This powerful, deft, and fast-moving first novel reads like a direct line to the hearts and lives of two young girls of Mexican descent living in the gang-dominated stratum of Echo Park, a tough Los Angeles neighborhood. The story is told alternately through the voices of Lucia and Celia, who through family and love are linked to the dangerous center of an emergent, fast-growing Latino gang dealing in guns and drugs. Celia watches her beloved older brother as he rises in power as gangbanger and changes in frightening ways, yet she herself struggles to find a way to live a life of goodness. Lucia, meanwhile, transgresses barriers in her own culture by forming her own female gang, the Fire Girls. Murray has a musician's ear for the language of these women, the first-generation children of immigrants coming of age in a violent place where the roles and rules of their mothers no longer obtain.
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The divergent paths of two girls in the Chicano gang world of Los Angeles. Cecilia is the sister of a gang leader and Lucia is his girlfriend. The girlfriend uses the connection to form a gang of her own, while the sister decides she has not the stomach for robbing old women, and gives up crime to become a cleaning woman. A first novel.
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