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Mrs. Vargas And The Dead Naturalist

Mrs. Vargas And The Dead Naturalist

(1992)
A collection of stories by

 
Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist is a collection of 14 stories set in Mexico and the Southwest. Written in the tradition of magic realism, each is a story of transformation from one reality to another. They are arranged roughly in chronological order from adolescence to old age (and beyond).
Like the Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, I have tried to tell the stories my characters would tell if they were writers. Most of the protagonists are women, some weak, some strong, but all driven by their connection to a power far more compelling than the restricted circumstances of their lives. Science fiction writer Joanna Russ told me my stories were important because I am writing about women whose stories would otherwise not be told.
I write about a culture in which miracles continue to flower in neglected inner courtyards, and old women grapple with the devil or converse with angels. Because these stories are difficult to classify by genre, they have appeared in magazines ranging from Calyx, a Journal of Art and Literature by Women, to Isaac Asimov's Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Half of these stories were published separately, and two nominated for the General Electric Young Writers Award.

 
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Hardback Editions

August 1992 : USA Hardback
Title: Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist
Author(s): Kathleen Alcala
ISBN: 0-934971-26-9 / 978-0-934971-26-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: CALYX Books
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Paperback Editions

January 1992 : USA Paperback
Title: Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist
Author(s): Kathleen Alcala
ISBN: 0-934971-25-0 / 978-0-934971-25-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Calyx Books
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Kindle Editions

May 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Mrs Vargas and the Dead Naturalist
Author(s): Kathleen Alcala
Publisher: Calyx, Inc
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