JOYNES ROOM EVENT: Elva Treviño Hart

Mon, November 17, 2008 | Joynes Room, Carothers 007, 2501 Whitis Ave

7:30 PM

From Publishers Weekly: Hart's expressive and remarkably affecting memoir concerns her childhood as the daughter of Mexican immigrants who worked as migrant workers to feed their six children. Hart remembers...when the entire family participated in the backbreaking field labor, driven mercilessly by Apa (her father), who was determined to eaern enough maney to allow all his children to graduate from high school. Hart eloquently reveals the harsh toll that poverty and discrimination took on her family in sharply etched protraits of Ama, Hart's worn-out mother who clearly loved her daughter but was too exhausted to show it; of her brother Rudy, who refused to sit at the back of the bus because he was Mexican; and of her teenage sisters, who struggled to keep their dignity in the muddy fields. At 17, she drove her father back to Mexico to visit his family; she recalls how he suddenly changed into a happy man who felt at home with his land, his language and his people. This is a beautifully written debut from a writer to watch.

Sponsored by: Plan II Honors Program, The University Honors Center, The Center for Mexican American Studies, The Department of English, The Division of Rhetoric and Composition

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