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  • Paperback Edition
  • ISBN: 978-1-55861-502-1
  • Publication Date: 05-15-2005
  • Page Count: 288
  • Categories: Fiction, Latin American

ESTELA PORTILLO TRAMBLEY was a writer and award-winning playwright from El Paso, Texas. She was the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, and graduated with a degree in English literature from the University of Texas-El Paso. She taught in the El Paso public school system, and was one of the founders of Los Pobres, the first Hispanic Theater in El Paso.

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A Novel
Estela Portillo Trambley

Foreword by Helen Maria Virmontes. Afterword by Debra A. Castillo.

The sole novel of beloved Chicana author Estela Portillo Trambley, Trini is the epic story of one girl's journey across borders and into womanhood. Born in the rural region of the Tarahumara (Raramuri) people in Mexico, Trini shares her family's struggle to squeeze a living out of her beautiful but inhospitable land. But she is sustained by the rich traditions of her Mestiza heritage, the adopted traditions of the Tarahumara, and by her own intelligence and spirit. As a young woman, she crosses into the United States to pursue her dreams of independence and land ownership.

Trini is a novel distinguished by the richness and beauty of its language and by its rare depiction of life in the Borderlands in the 1940s and 1950s. Most remarkable of all is its portrait of a sensitive and courageous young Chicana woman, whose quiet heroism resonates from every page. Here restored to print with a new foreword, this early novel of the Mexican American experience is bound to take its rightful place among contemporary classics of multicultural American literature.

"Trini is a coming-of-age story rich with romance and drama, with miracles and mysteries. This rare glimpse into life in the Tarahumara region of Mexico explores a complex web that includes the power of love and faith—both Catholic and rooted in indigenous traditions and values. The reprinting of this novel is significant in the history of Chicana literature, and will introduce new readers to the journeys of the resilient Trini."

—Pat Mora, author of This Big Sky and House of Houses

"An engrossing tale . . . Trambley convincingly conveys the beauty, magic, and harshness of Tarahumara country in this fine effort."

Books of the Southwest

"Part Native American mysticism and part Chicana coming-of-age tale, Trini has stayed with me because of the quiet strength of the title character and intricate ways her life circles back on itself. If you have ever had a bit of the wanderer in you or struggled to achieve a life-long goal, you will enjoy this book."

—Staff Recommendation from Jeannette

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