My summer reading list: Monique Quintana

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Monique Quintana
Fiction, 3rd year

After three years of reading only flash-fiction and stories, I’ve decided to cheat on them with the novel and other things.

Unframing the “Bad Woman”: Sor Juana, Malinche, Coyolxauhqui and Other Rebels with a Cause by Alicia Gaspar de Alba — Drawing upon lit, film, paintings, and many other art forms, Gaspar politicizes the brown girl body.

What You See in the Dark by Manuel Muñoz — A Bakersfield girl falls in love, just as Hitchcock comes to town to film Psycho.

Their Dogs Came With Them by Helena María Viramontes — Goth novel about gangster girl collision in 1960s East L.A.

Gods Go Begging by Alfedo Véa Jr. — In 1980s San Francisco, a Chicano Vietnam vet lawyer must defend a man accused of murdering brown women, while experiencing the reverberations of war.

Hustle by David Tomas Martinez — The poet writes about sex, family, and murdered valedictorians in this debut poetry collection.

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