“A gritty picture of life on the cusp . . . vividly rendered.” Kirkus Reviews
The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gómez
978-0-8021-3847-7 • $14.00 • Paperback • Oct. 2001
On a hot, still day in May, Amalia Gómez seesor thinks she seesa large silver cross in the sky. Does that augur a miracle? The pragmatic, twice-divorced Amalia is doubtful. The neighborhooda decaying area near a shabby part of Hollywood Boulevardis under attack from gang wars and the police. Her live-in boyfriend is behaving suspiciously, her “fast” teenage daughter Gloria has become too much to handle, and her teenage son is hinting he’s in serious trouble. Most of all, Amalia is haunted by thoughts of her past and her first-born, dead in jail under mysterious circumstances. As the epiphanies and small omens of Amalia’s day build to a climax as wondrous as it is shattering, John Rechy takes us into the life of a Chicano family in Los Angeles, its spirit and its gritty reality, and “scorchingly evokes . . . the dark side of the American dream” (Publishers Weekly).