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House of Houses Pat Mora

House of Houses

Pat Mora

Published July 20th 1997
ISBN : 9780807072011
Paperback
296 pages
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A family memoir told in the voices of ancestors, House of Houses is about oppression and survival and sometimes triumph, as any book about a Mexican American family must be. Moras House of Houses is large, imagined, traditional, a refuge from theMoreA family memoir told in the voices of ancestors, House of Houses is about oppression and survival and sometimes triumph, as any book about a Mexican American family must be. Moras House of Houses is large, imagined, traditional, a refuge from the deserts heat, where the generations of her family, living and dead, mingle through the months of a single year. The house in inhabited by Moras father, Raul, the fighter who hit no one- her mother, Estela, the extrovert who in grade school chose to be a rainbow tulip for May Day since no one color was enough- Estelas mother, Amelia, the Mexican Cinderella, a red-haired orphan taken in by wealthy relatives. Drawing on the magical realism that distinguishes the work of so many Latin American writers - from Garcia Marquez to Esquivel - Mora writes of the multicolored cloth that heals the women in her family and of her fathers ability to turn himself into a bird. Great-grandmother Tomasa, in her nineties, leaves fruit behind her radio for the announcer she loves. And Moras Aunt Chole, though legally blind, is the only one who sees The Virgin Mary when she appears in the garden.