Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa

Paperback | September 1, 2011

byRigoberto González

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Winner of the American Book Award

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Winner of the American Book Award

Rigoberto González is the author of many award-winning books for adults and children, among them So Often the Pitcher Goes to Water until It Breaks, a selection of the National Poetry Series; the novel Crossing Vines, named the ForeWord Fiction Book of the Year; and the teen novel The Mariposa Club, named to the American Library Associ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 1, 2011Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299219046

ISBN - 13:9780299219048

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Table of Contents


Part 1: Smarting Points, Starting Points

Summer's Passage, Southern California, 1990

Welcome to Indio, California, Pop. 36,793

Ghost Whisper to My Lover

Now Leaving Mexicali, Baja California, Norte

Ghost Whisper to My Lover

Part 2: Childhood and Other Language Lessons

Bakersfield, California, 1970–72

Zacapu, México, 1972–79

Thermal, California, 1979–80

Thermal, 1981–82 (Our Little Home on Top of the Garage)

Summer’s Passage

Part 3: Adolescent Mariposa

Ghost Whisper to My Lover

Indio, 1983–88 ("El Campo" Years)

Part 4: Zacapu Days and Nights of the Dead

Summer’s Passage

Ghost Whisper to My Lover

Zacapu, July 1990 (Imago)

Part 5: Unpinned

Riverside, California

Ghost Whisper to My Lover

Editorial Reviews

“A poignant, heartfelt memoir of a gay Latino . . . coming-of-age, played out against a relentless backdrop of abuse and neglect.”—Kirkus Reviews