Toni Margarita Plummer
- Title: The Bolero of Andi Rowe: Stories
- Author: Toni Margarita Plummer
- ISBN: 9780810127678
- Page: 418
- Format: Paperback
Winner of the Miguel M rmol Prize, this collection of inter related stories delves into the life of Andi Rowe a young woman of Mexican and Irish heritage to give an intimate account of one family s passage from the immigrant story to the American story, and the cycle of loss, adaptation, and rediscovery that is innate to that experience.Set largely in Los Angeles s San GabWinner of the Miguel M rmol Prize, this collection of inter related stories delves into the life of Andi Rowe a young woman of Mexican and Irish heritage to give an intimate account of one family s passage from the immigrant story to the American story, and the cycle of loss, adaptation, and rediscovery that is innate to that experience.Set largely in Los Angeles s San Gabriel Valley, and crossing generations and borders, these stories focus on the quiet moments between explosions, where tension simmers just beneath the surface From a Border Patrol agent whose own mother crossed the border illegally to a lonely woman seeking companionship with her hired day laborer, characters seek revelation in the most ordinary of experiences, their actions filled with humor, longing, and honesty.In the tradition of Flannery O Connor, Toni Margarita Plummer explores themes of grace and redemption as each story spirals toward a surprising but inevitable conclusion The Bolero of Andi Rowe, an impressive work by an exciting new talent, offers a compassionate look at the struggle between meeting cultural expectations and seeking happiness, and the sacrifices and triumphs made along the way.
Recent Comments "The Bolero of Andi Rowe: Stories"
I've revisited the Bolero stories for nearly a year since the publication of Toni Plummer's astonishing work. I remember opening to the book's middle pages and landing on a tangibly unique description of a backyard pool. That sample of writing captivated me, and once I'd read the entire work I knew why: scene and tone for Plummer are a seamless extension of her characters.What struck me most was Plummer's fresh and intuitive voice. For readers who are quite selective with their reading choices, [...]
Short story collections are funny. There are some you enjoy in the moment but then can't recall a single detail of years later, and there are those that ignite an ember in your mind, and for years to come, you will experience unexpected moments of memory connecting moments in your life to that story you read a long time ago. I fully expect this will fall into the latter category. With each story in this collection, I felt more invited into a community I am largely unfamiliar with.
I loved the description of the settings in these stories.
Reviewed by: Bela"The Bolero of Andi Rowe" is a collection of short stories that are not necessarily centered on Andi. For instance, in “Olivia’s Roses,” a high school senior discovers the possibility of a college education along with her burgeoning womanhood from an attractive boy she meets at the Tournament of Roses parade in Pasadena. The book is a well-written account of L.A. life colorfully drafted by a diverse set of characters. Each story attempts to enlighten the reader as the char [...]
This collection of short stories weaves together cultures, languages, families, and time periods to paint a portrait of Southern California's immigrant community. Characters' narratives are interconnected among and between stories, and the intersection of their lives illustrates the SoCal lifestyle over multiple generations. Each story stands well on its own, but is brought to life by the stories connected with it. I have a very slight personal connection to the author, and have been looking for [...]
These are beautifully written stories, especially for fans of Latina authors like Sandra Cisneros. Featuring a wide cast of characters, set mainly in immigrant neighborhoods in LA, they revolve around a Mexican Irish family that seems to be inspired by the author's own background. I loved them all, but especially "The Body," which is funny and recognizable to anyone raised Catholic. It's "about" the feast of Corpus Christi, which the young girl telling the story at first confuses with "some lame [...]
A Culturist View of The Bolero of Andi Rowe : StoriesHere, again, are stories of cultures meeting, sharing experiences, and discovering the links they have in common. The Bolero of Andi Rowe is a cultural read that shares immigrant experiences between the Mexican culture and the Irish culture, American stories too often omitted. Continue Reading at sententiavera/book-reviews
A collection of beautifully told stores about women searching for meaning, purpose, and love sometimes in all the wrong places. I worried about, chastised, and rooted for these women. You will, too.
Great short stories that all have a connection via one main character, but that character is not necessarily the main character in each short story. New look on Hispanic culture.
Beautifully written, interconnected short stories. Loved it so much, I wish it was longer. Write more soon!
Great collection of short stories - at the end of each one you want the story to continue and/or be a full book!
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