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Ana Castillo | Give it To Me (Book Party)
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ANA CASTILLO will present her new novel, GIVE IT TO ME. Ana Castillo is one of the most powerful voices in Chicana literature. She is the author of So Far From God and Sapogonia, both New York Times Notable Books of the Year, as well as The Guardians, Peel My Love like an Onion, and many other books of fiction, poetry, and essays. She divides her time between Chicago and southern New Mexico.
GIVE IT TO ME is the story of Palma, a 43-year-old who is recently divorced and looking for love in all the wrong places. It’s funny and smart—a refreshing and honest look at family and dating in one’s 40s. The novel has already received advance praise from many prominent writers
Ana Castillo’s first novel in six years, GIVE IT TO ME is a smart and sexy tale of self-discovery, passion, and looking for love in all the wrong places. Palma Piedras, a forty-three-year-old fashionista, is the unholy heroine of this modern romance. Her encounters with various suitors include a butch lesbian restaurateur, Tommy Lee Jones’s stylist, and her hunky, younger, ex-con cousin. Palma fumbles through dating and obsession with refreshing vulnerability and wit. Conjuring Bukowski and Cisneros (unlikely, I know!), Castillo hits her stride in this truly entertaining and stirring tour de force.
Praise for GIVE IT TO ME:
“Cheeky, amoral, and a gritty survivor, Palma Piedras is a picaresque heroine for the twenty-first century. With an unflinching satirical flare, Castillo creates a vivid cast of rogues and helpless characters who alarmingly resemble people we know.” –Jaime Manrique, author of Cervantes Street
Praise for Ana Castillo:
“A writer with enormous integrity, Castillo is blessed with common sense and lyric sense, the very rarest of gifts.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estes
“In this gritty and entertaining novel, Ana Castillo paints a captivating portrait of a future that defies odds, questions stereotypes, and always maintains a sense of humor.” —Elena Poniatowska, author of Massacre in Mexico
“Cheeky, amoral, and a gritty survivor, Palma Piedras is a picaresque heroine for the twenty-first century. With an unflinching satirical flare, Castillo creates a vivid cast of rogues and helpless characters who alarmingly resemble people we know.” —Jaime Manrique, author of Cervantes Street
“In Ana Castillo’s edgy new novel Give It to Me, no-holds barred Palma Piedras crash-lands on everybody’s heart. Her escapades—erotic, sexy, comic, devastating, and poignant—illustrate how those who fling themselves into love and desire are the same people who, at one time or another, must flee from it. An evocative page-turner.” —Rigoberto González, author of Butterfly Boy, Memories of a Chicano Mariposa
“Give It To Me gives us a post-9/11, post-Bush, 21st century fast-talking, fast-walking multicultural, multiracial, multi-sexual panoply of characters… I thought I would die laughing.” —Cheryl Clarke, author of The Days of Good Looks: Prose and Poetry 1980-2005
“In her new novel, Give It To Me, Castillo delivers a story that is both tawdry and transcendent. The sense of contemporary rootlessness chafes against deeply rooted Mexican-American culture creating a raw friction unlike any other story out there.” —Jewelle Gomez, The Gilda Stories