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Shades : Detroit love stories

by Cintrón, Esperanza Malavé, 1955-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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Esperanza Cintrón's Shades: Detroit Love Stories is a short story collection that is distinctly Detroit. By touching on a number of romantic and sexual encounters that span the historical and temporal spaces of the city, each of these interconnected stories examines the obstacles an individual faces and the choices he or she makes in order to cope and, hopefully, survive in the changing urban landscape.

Shades begins in the 1960s by following two young black women who are determined to find joy in their lives even as they struggle to make ends meet. Their lives continue to evolve under triumphant and disappointing conditions--falling in and out of love, giving birth, raising children, and struggling to "make it" despite disappointing and tenuous love affairs and relationships. The setting throughout the eighteen stories shifts as these women age and their children extend the timeline, reflecting on the city's social and political changes over three decades, as well as the pitfalls, tragedies, and opportunities these linked families encounter. Cintrón favors an everyday vernacular for her characters' voices in order to reflect the complexities of their working/middle-class, ethnic, and racial identities. Divided into two sections, Eastside and Westside, the collection gives a nod to the sometimes contentious geographical split marked by Woodward Avenue. Cintrón takes readers through city streets--from neighborhood bars to burger joints--while painting lyrical portraits of the unique and multifaceted characters whose honesty shatters the illusion of endless love and happily-ever-after fantasies, as they clash with the circumstances of economics and race.

Cintrón's stories capture the rhythms of language and the poetry of the people and will interest readers of fiction or poetry who seek to understand love.

The beard
New shoes
The crossroad
Diane's daughter
Please love me
Mr. Phil
Belle's youngest
The little Apollo
Margaret's prince
The siege
The runner
George and Persia
Belle fixes a hole
Luz in progress
La bruja
The Riverfront Bar and Grille
Persia Dunne.

Additional Information
Subjects Women, Black -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Fiction.
Detroit (Mich.) -- Fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher Detroit :2019
Language English
Description 147 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780814346884
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