SIMPATICAS: SAN MIGUEL STORIES
by Elva Trevino Hart
In Elva Trevino Hart’s first collection of short stories, we meet people of San Miguel de Allende, a town nestled in the eastern part of Guanajuato in Mexico’s mountainous bajio region that has a mild climate and a accommodating culture. We meet a variety of well-to-do Anglo characters, some haunted by ghosts and others by their own pasts, some find renewed meaning and purpose, and still others explore their sexuality. Witnessing it all are the maids of San Miguel, the women charged with making their employers’ lives carefree and luxurious. But these women are not the demure, silent types. Rather, they are independent and strong-minded, content in their self-reliance and with their relationships with their comadres. As the two cultures interact and contrast, the women work magic to heal or redeem their employers, although sometimes the sorcery of others trumps their own.
160 pp paper $15.00 ISBN 978-1-931010-61-0
Bilingual Review Press