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In a semi-autobiographical series of short vignettes, author Denise Chavez captures the life of a typical Hispanic-American teen, searching, as are all adolescents, for purpose, self-identity, and adulthood. Rocio Esquibel is an ordinary girl, living on an ordinary street, in an ordinary town in southern New Mexico. She has, however, extraordinary dreams, both literally and figuratively. Her dreams of the "blue room," from which she can fly into the universe, capture her desire to become something other than her mother, a school teacher whose husband has left the family and who does not find much joy and enthusiasm in life. Each short story allows the reader to follow Rocio from early adolescence into adulthood, her relationships with her mother, sister, absent father, others in her neighborhood, and a number of interesting personalities as she pursues her college degree. She observes her world of other Hispanic... View more of the The Last of the Menu Girls Summary
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