MIGRATIONS

MIGRATIONS

The Winner of the Tomas Rivera Book Prize

In J. L. Torres’s second story collection Migrations, the inaugural winner of the Tomás Rivera Book Prize, a “sucio” goes to an underground clinic for therapy to end his machista ways and is accidentally transitioned. Ex-gangbangers gone straight deal with a troubled, gifted son drawn to the gangsta lifestyle promoted by an emerging music called hip-hop. Dead and stuck “between somewhere and nowhere,” Roberto Clemente, the great Puerto Rican baseball icon, soon confronts the reason for his predicament. These stories take us inside the lives of self-exiles, unhomed and unhinged people, estranged from loved ones, family, culture, and collective history. Despite the effects of colonization of the body and mind, Puerto Ricans have survived beyond geography and form an integral part of the American mosaic.

 

'J.L. Torres’s stunning collection Migrations abounds with lucid, spare stories about the Puerto Rican experience. Upon reading the first tale, I understood that I held a masterwork in my hands. Torres’s unsparing and radiant sentences accumulate into narratives that illuminate the loneliness of exile, unbelonging, and the necessary struggles to find love."
—Yxta Maya Murray, author of The World Doesn’t Work That Way, But It Could
"Migrations showcases a major talent. It resonates with the music of hard-luck classics from our past, yet sings songs of evasive redemption." -- Luis Alberto Urrea ― author of The Hummingbird's Daughter
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Publisher: LARB LIBROS
Publication Year: 2021
ASIN: 1940660742
ISBN: 9781940660745
List Price: $16.00
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J.L. Torres’s stunning collection Migrations abounds with lucid, spare stories about the Puerto Rican experience. Upon reading the first tale, I understood that I held a masterwork in my hands. Torres’s unsparing and radiant sentences accumulate into narratives that illuminate the loneliness of exile, unbelonging, and the necessary struggles to find love. —Yxta Maya Murray, author of The World Doesn’t Work That Way, But It Could
"Migrations showcases a major talent. It resonates with the music of hard-luck classics from our past, yet sings songs of evasive redemption." -- Luis Alberto Urrea ― author of The Hummingbird's Daughter
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