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Chicano Chicanery

A collection of stories by

In his first collection of short stories, Chicano Chicanery, writer Daniel Chacon presents a dozen tales of exchanged identities (in both Mexico and the United States); gang initiation; misadventures at the chicken-packing factory; and the betrayal of one's friends and oneself.
From Mexico City to "Aztlan, Oregon," in bittersweet comic fables and with frightening realism, Chacon's tales capture the shrewd, furtive, and sometimes tortuous ways by which Mexican-Americans manage to survive in intimidating territory - only to trip themselves up. Are his heroes and heroines sometimes ruthless and sometimes sentimental? Alternately naive and too crafty for their own good? Perhaps it's because Chicano Chicanery is such a slippery weapon to handle. Even in the hands of lifelong practitioners.
Born in California, DANIEL CHACON graduated from California State University-Fresno and the University of Oregon. He taught English for five years at Modesto Junior College and currently lives in El Paso, Texas where he teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at El Paso. His stories have been published in such literary journals as The New England Review, ZYZZYVA, The Bilingual Review, The Americas Review, and River's Edge.

"Although a collection of stories, this book is "A Portrait of the Chicano Artist as a Young Man." - The New York Times Book Review

"A fine debut collection. Chacon has the sensibility (and sense of humor!) to bring these stories heartbreakingly to life." - Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban and The Aguero Sisters

"These stories make you think, and they reach the heart with a cast of unique characters and surprise endings. An outstanding collection." - Rudolfo Anaya, author of Bless Me, Ultima and the Sonny Baca mystery series

Finalist, The 2001 Paterson Fiction Prize

Counterpoise said, "Variety makes the collection fast-moving and always intriguing. This book should be bought by all libraries interested in contemporary fiction and in contemporary Chicano literature."

Education Digest said, "It is a fine collection, period. . . These are good stories that can be enjoyed by readers of any nationality."

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Paperback Editions

January 2000 : USA Paperback
thumbTitle: Chicano Chicanery
Author(s): Daniel Chacon
ISBN: 1-55885-280-8 / 978-1-55885-280-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Arte Publico Pr
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Kindle Editions

January 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Chicano Chicanery
Author(s): Daniel Chacon
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
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September 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Chicano Chicanery: Short Stories
Author(s): Daniel Chacon
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
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