Estela Portillo Trambley
A Mexican-American girl's journey into womanhood and independence.
Publication Date: 05-01-2005
Foreword by Helen Maria Virmontes
Afterword by Debra A. Castillo
Unique in Chicana literature, the only novel of this celebrated playwright portrays historical periods few Mexican-American writers have evoked. Trini grows up in rural Mexico in the 1930s-40s. Then, as a single mother, she struggles successfully to make a new life for herself and her daughter in the United States.
"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