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Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa
by Rigoberto González
University of Wisconsin Press, 2011
Cloth: 978-0-299-21900-0 | Paper: 978-0-299-21904-8 | eISBN: 978-0-299-21903-1

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY | REVIEWS | TOC | REQUEST ACCESSIBLE FILE
ABOUT THIS BOOK

Winner of the American Book Award

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Rigoberto González is the author of many award-winning books for adults and children, among them So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a selection of the National Poetry Series; the novel Crossing Vines, named the ForeWord Fiction Book of the Year; and the teen novel The Mariposa Club, named to the American Library Association’s Rainbow List. He is a contributing editor to the magazine Poets and Writers, on the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, and on the advisory circle of Con Tinta, a coalition of Chicano/Latino activist writers. He is associate professor of English at Rutgers University at Newark.

REVIEWS

"A deeply-felt work that belongs in the company of classic American memoirs such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, When I Was Puerto Rican, and Hunger of Memory. Where it differs most memorably from those books is in its uncompromising depiction of a young person's sexual orientation. Engrossing, supremely enjoyable, and beautifully written."—Jaime Manrique, author of Eminent Maricones

"Rigoberto González is a writer who walks, with an elegant gait, the line between sorrow and laughter, anger and acceptance. His prose is shaped by the poetry of irony. And he is a master of it."—Richard Rodriguez, author of Brown: The Last Discovery of America

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Acknowledgments


    Part 1: Smarting Points, Starting Points

    Summer's Passage, Southern California, 1990

    Welcome to Indio, California, Pop. 36,793

    Ghost Whisper to My Lover

    Now Leaving Mexicali, Baja California, Norte

    Ghost Whisper to My Lover


    Part 2: Childhood and Other Language Lessons

    Bakersfield, California, 1970–72

    Zacapu, México, 1972–79

    Thermal, California, 1979–80

    Thermal, 1981–82 (Our Little Home on Top of the Garage)

    Summer’s Passage


    Part 3: Adolescent Mariposa

    Ghost Whisper to My Lover

    Indio, 1983–88 ("El Campo" Years)


    Part 4: Zacapu Days and Nights of the Dead

    Summer’s Passage

    Ghost Whisper to My Lover

    Zacapu, July 1990 (Imago)


    Part 5: Unpinned

    Riverside, California

    Ghost Whisper to My Lover

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