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The circuit : stories from the life of a migrant child / Francisco Jiménez.

By: Jiménez, Francisco, 1943-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, c1997Edition: 1st ed.Description: x, 134 p. ; 18 cm.ISBN: 0826317979 (pbk.); 9780826317971 (pbk.).Subject(s): California -- Social life and customs -- Fiction | Migrant agricultural laborers -- Fiction | Mexican American families -- Fiction | Mexican Americans -- Fiction | California Social life and customs Fiction | Mexican American families Fiction | Mexican Americans Fiction | Migrant agricultural laborers FictionAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Circuit.DDC classification: 813/.54 Also issued online.
Contents:
Under the wire -- Soledad -- Inside out -- Miracle in Tent City -- El Angel de Oro -- Christmas gift -- Death forgiven -- Cotton sack -- The circuit -- Learning the game -- To have and to hold -- Moving still.
Subject: [In this novel], intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots - and back again - over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family off four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endues. -Back cover.
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Under the wire -- Soledad -- Inside out -- Miracle in Tent City -- El Angel de Oro -- Christmas gift -- Death forgiven -- Cotton sack -- The circuit -- Learning the game -- To have and to hold -- Moving still.

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[In this novel], intertwined stories follow a migrant family through their circuit, from picking cotton and strawberries to topping carrots - and back again - over a number of years. As it moves from one labor camp to the next, the little family off four grows into ten. Impermanence and poverty define their lives. But with faith, hope, and back-breaking work, the family endues. -Back cover.

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Gr 6 Up-Francisco Jimenez was born in Mexico, entered California illegally as a very young child, and spent his boyhood alternating between migrant farm work and the classroom. This collection of autobiographical short stories was written years later, when Jimenez had become an established professor at Santa Clara University (CA), but they give immediate access to the feelings of the growing boy. Adrian Vargas reads in a lightly accented English, offering a voice that is evidently that of the full grown man remembering, rather than that of the youth he remembers. Each story is simple, direct, and redolent with the smells of the earth, the sounds of the ever-changing home with its growing number of siblings, and the amazing experiences each new schoolroom offers. The frustrations range from those specific to poverty and migrancy, including the inability to follow up on promises made by a good teacher because the family moves on the day the offer of trumpet lessons has been proffered, through the universal experience of an older brother saddled with an ignorant younger sibling who insensitively feeds his prized penny collection into the grocery store's gumball machine. Jimenez and Vargas both maintain a leisurely pace appropriate to storytelling that can reach a wide audience, giving the images constructed from words time to bloom in the audience's mind before wrapping each tale in a tight, often surprising, close. Highly recommended for both pleasure listening and for classroom use and discussion.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Francisco Jiménez emigrated from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California, where he worked for many years in the fields with his family. He received a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University and a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University. He is a professor at Santa Clara University. He has published and edited several books on Mexican and Mexican American literature, and his stories have been published in over 100 textbooks and anthologies of literature. His books include The Circuit, Breaking Through, La Mariposa, The Christmas Gift/El Regalo de Navidad, Reaching Out, and Taking Hold: From Migrant Childhood to Columbia University. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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