Madre and I: A Memoir of Our Immigrant Lives

Paperback | May 27, 2010

byGuillermo Reyes

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In this moving and funny memoir, award-winning playwright Guillermo Reyes untangles his life as the secretly illegitimate son of a Chilean immigrant to the United States and as a young man struggling with sexual repression, body image, and gay identity. But this is a double-decker memoir that also tells the poignant, bittersweet, and adventurous story of Guillermo’s mother, María, who supports herself and her son cleaning houses and then working as a nanny in Washington, D.C. and eventually in Hollywood.
    In one memorable scene, after realizing that her friend Carmen is cleaning the house of one of the producers of Annie Hall, María recruits her to take her picture as she poses dramatically with Mr. Joffe’s Oscar in hand. It is María’s defiant yet determined attitude amidst her sacrifices that allows for Guillermo’s spirited coming of age and coming out.
    Their common ground is the drama of their encounters with discovery, heartbreak, and passion—the explosive emotions that light up the stage of their two-actor theater.
 
Honorable Mention, Best Auto/Biography in English, International Latino Book Awards
 
 

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In this moving and funny memoir, award-winning playwright Guillermo Reyes untangles his life as the secretly illegitimate son of a Chilean immigrant to the United States and as a young man struggling with sexual repression, body image, and gay identity. But this is a double-decker memoir that also tells the poignant, bittersweet, and a...

Guillermo Reyes is associate professor of theater and head of the playwriting program at Arizona State University. He is the author of Men on the Verge of a His-panic Breakdown and other plays.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 27, 2010Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299236242

ISBN - 13:9780299236243

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments   
Prologue   
1. Love Child   
2. A Santiago Education   
3. Comadres   
4. The Subject Was Roses—or Was It?   
5. Italian Holiday   
6. Éxito, or the Language of Success       
7. Maria's Wedding   
8. Pterodactyls       
Epilogue   

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“Guillermo Reyes’ smart, gentle memoir, Madre and I, deftly braids together the story of the author’s mother, who emigrates from Chile to the U.S., with his own story of growing up in both countries. . . .This touching memoir is an important edition to the canon of gay memoirs and brings Reyes’ queer Latino experience front and center as simply an American story.”—Charles Rice-Gonzalez, Lambda Literary