Tag Archives: literature of the West

A Latina Writer With Something to Say About Immigration — and Motherhood

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Recently I asked the writer Melinda Palacio whether Latino writers still have something to say in 2011. The question is somewhat rhetorical, but she knew what I was referring to: through the 1980s and 1990s, it seemed like every new literary star was a Latino, and readers clamored for any novel with a slightly exotic accent that evoked peppery cuisines […]

Patricia Nell Warren and Her Take on the West

Patricia Nell Warren got nationwide fame as a writer in the mid-​seventies with The Front Runner, a groundbreaking novel about the gay love story between an ex-​marine track coach and his protégé, an Olympic athlete. But although Warren, a literary icon of the gay community, followed The Front Runner with a sequel in 1994 and then a third in the […]