OUT OF THE MIRRORED GARDEN by Delia Poey

OUT OF THE MIRRORED GARDEN

New Fiction by Latin American Women
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 A companion volume to Iguana Dreams (1992), the anthology of Latino fiction that Poey edited with her husband, novelist Virgil Suarez. The 17 stories here display a commendable range of tones and styles--though only two (Christina Peri Rossi's ``The Annunciation'' and Angeles Mastretta's ``Aunt Elvira'') connect significantly with a world outside their characters' interior lives. Of several pieces concerned with women preoccupied or brutalized by men and families, the best are Mirta Y†§ez's amusing ``Go Figure'' and Elena Poniatowska's sensuous magical-realist ``The Rupture.'' The other standouts include two precisely observed and emotionally resonant character portrayals, Rosario FerrÇ's ``Amalia'' and Barbara Jacob's ``Aunt Luisita,'' and Diamela Eltit's haunting ``Even if Bathed in the Purest Waters,'' an affectingly plainspoken departure from her trademark feminist surrealism. Many of the other writers represented here will be new to most English-language readers--and they comprise, on balance, an accomplished and welcome company.

Pub Date: Jan. 17th, 1996
ISBN: 0-385-47594-2
Page count: 210pp
Publisher: Anchor
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1995