Library Ed. Books on Tape 2007
CD ISBN 9781415943502 $70.00 Seven CDs
DD ISBN 9781415943526 $59.50
Ana Castillo does a credible job of creating the vivid, resilient characters who fill Tia Regina's life in New Mexico, where she ekes out a living as a teacher's aide. The various characters include Tia's teenaged nephew, who aspires to a religious life; divorced teacher Miguel; Miguel's gregarious grandfather; and border officials trying to deport illegal immigrants. Overall, Castillo's voice leans toward a monotone. But her sincerity shines through, especially when she describes the beauty of the stark desert landscape. At significant moments, though, her voice lacks emotion, such as when Tia learns that her brother has disappeared during a trip back from Mexico. Still, Castillo's vibrant look at the American experience through Mexican-American eyes makes worthwhile listening. S.C.A. © AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine [Published: DEC 07/ JAN 08]
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