Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. In this collection of short stories, Elva Treviño Hart introduces us to the people of San Miguel de Allende. Nestled in the eastern part of Guanajuato in Mexico's mountainous bajío region, the town has a mild climate and an accommodating culture that attract wealthy Americans and Canadians seeking relaxation and escape. In this picturesque setting, we meet a variety of well-to-do Anglo retirees: some are haunted by ghosts, others by their own pasts, some find renewed meaning and purpose, and still others explore their sexuality. Witnessing it all are the maids of San Miguel, the women charged with making visitors' stays carefree and luxurious. The maids work magic to heal or redeem their employers, but sometimes the sorcery of others trumps their own. SIMPÁTICAS: SAN MIGUEL STORIES movingly describes two extreme socioeconomic conditions and reveals the universal journey we all ultimately share.
Elva Treviño Hart was born in south Texas to Mexican immigrants. She has a bachelor's degree in theoretical mathematics and a master's degree in computer science/engineering from Stanford University. After working as a computer professional for twenty years, she now lives in Virginia. She is the author of the award-winning best-seller BAREFOOT HEART, which won critical acclaim and was described as "moving and memorable" by The Bloomsbury Review, "gripping" by Teaching Tolerance, and "poignant" by Library Journal. Publisher's Weekly described it as "a beautifully written debut from a writer to watch." Author City: CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA USA