Friday, January 11, 2008

What Night Brings

By Carla Trujillo

11 and then 12-year-old Marci Cruz has some major challenges: How to survive an abusive father, thinking she had to become a boy to get the attention of the beautiful teenage girl she likes, and trying to make sense of the world around her: a 1960s barrage of the Catholic Church, Chicano-American culture, and the Vietnam War.

"What Night Brings" won the 2003 Miguel Mármol Prize, the Paterson Fiction Prize and was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. (Carla won the Lambda Literary Award in 1991 for her work editing "Chicana Lesbians: The Girls Our Mothers Warned Us About.")

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