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In J. L. Torres's second story collection Migrations, the inaugural winner of the Tomas Rivera Book Prize, a "sucio" goes to an underground clinic for therapy to end his machista ways and is accidentally transitioned. Ex-gangbangers gone straight deal with a troubled, gifted son drawn to the gangsta lifestyle promoted by an emerging music called hip-hop. Dead and stuck "between somewhere and nowhere," Roberto Clemente, the great Puerto Rican baseball icon, soon confronts the reason for his predicament.

These stories take us inside the lives of self-exiles, unhomed and unhinged people, estranged from loved ones, family, culture, and collective history. Despite the effects of colonization of the body and mind, Puerto Ricans have survived beyond geography and form an integral part of the American mosaic.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 203 x 12.7mm | 199.58g
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • 1940660742
  • 9781940660745

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"Migrations showcases a major talent. It resonates with the music of hard-luck classics from our past, yet sings songs of evasive redemption." -- Luis Alberto Urrea * author of The Hummingbird's Daughter *
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About J.L. Torres

J. L. Torres is the author of The Family Terrorist and Other Stories; a novel, The Accidental Native; and the collection of poetry, Boricua Passport. He has published stories and poems in numerous journals and magazines, including the North American Review, Denver Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, Eckleburg Review, Puerto del Sol, Las Americas Review, and the anthology Growing Up Latino. Born in Puerto Rico, raised in the South Bronx, he lives in Plattsburgh, New York, where he teaches American literature, US ethnic literatures, and creative writing at the SUNY campus there. Besides the PhD, he holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University.
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