Coachella by Sheila Ortiz Taylor

By Sheila Ortiz Taylor

It really is 1983 in Coachella Valley and Yolanda Ram???rez, a lowly phlebotomist on the Palm Springs sanatorium, has a slump. homosexual males, hemophiliacs, and girls scarred by means of plastic surgery are loss of life. secure blood, just like the water holding this wasteland eco-friendly, is a lie.In the close by trailer, Isabel Ochoa Dreyfus disappears right into a new identification: Marina Lomas. someplace in Iowa her businessman husband sits in the dead of night, observing his drink, promising by no means to hit her back, if simply he can music her down.Despite herself, Marina unearths companionship at Mac and Gil's annual Casa Diva style express. As glamorous males stride up and down a poolside runway, Yo awakens Marina's snoozing hope. in other places in Coachella, Yo's father Crescencio, a gardener, soothes Eliana Townsend, his mystery love, through coaxing existence from the earth outdoors her window. She is demise, probably from AIDS, yet nobody will inform her the reality. and during all of it Crescencio's sister, T???a Josie, retains the kin regular with knowledge from the Rockford documents and her useless Cahuilla husband. Truths surge to the skin during this group of fake fronts and deep roots as readers are whisked towards the deafening end of Coachella, the newest from one in every of Chicano literature's best writers.

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She sees Marina now, floating high on a sea of salt, surrounded by shimmering sea creatures, half women, half fish: iridescent, opalescent. She hears Marina's husband hailing her from shore, her aged parents imploring her to return to Tucson, to life. But she is borne on by the haunting songs of these mermaids, the flap of their scaled tails in purpling water. Breasting the current, she heads for the open sea. This woman in the library before whom shimmering histories rise up is looking for a name.

3 George Townsend stands in the bedroom doorway watching his wife sleep. They've been up half the night, and he has worked all morning to get her comfort- Page 26 able, and now finally she sleeps. He feels his own body relax, then slip down into exhaustion. He hasn't showered or shaved. Still in his pajamas, his thick green terry-cloth robe wrapped around him, he moves on dense carpeting down the hall and across the living room. Out on the patio a breeze from the fairway stirs the palms. He phones the office to tell them he'll be late, again.

Pain seeps into her cells like boiling hot wateragua calientelike the mineral springs she used to steep in twice a week at the Palm Springs Spa, in happier times. Now she is alone in a lifeless desert. Though she stands under the shuddering canvas marquee with her friends, her brother Brice, she feels all these people surrounding her suddenly as heavy pieces of rock. Like the Easter Island stone figures she once saw in a doctor's office copy of National Geographic. Inside that casket her sleeping Edward is more alive than these people had ever been, more alive than she herself would ever be.

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