The Girls in My Town: Essays

By Angela Morales
Winner of the 2017 PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay

The autobiographical essays in The Girls in My Town create an unforgettable portrait of a family in Los Angeles. Reaching back to her grandmother's childhood and navigating through her own girlhood and on to the present, Angela Morales contemplates moments of loss and longing, truth and beauty, motherhood and daughterhood. She writes about her parents' appliance store and how she escaped from it, the bowling alley that provided refuge, and the strange and beautiful things she sees while riding her bike in the early mornings. She remembers fighting for equal rights for girls as a sixth grader, calling the cops when her parents fought, and listening with her mother to Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman," the soundtrack of her parents' divorce. Poignant, serious, and funny, Morales's book is both a coming-of-age story and an exploration of how a writer discovers her voice.

"Compellingly rendered. . . . Essays that are as thematically ambitious as they are deeply personal." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Beautifully written, sharply perceptive. . . . I love this writer's voice, the way she writes humor and sorrow and disappointment with such humanity and intelligence. These essays are wonderfully universal, for all of their intimacy. I never wanted to stop reading." --Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail


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Publisher University of New Mexico Press
Publish date 04/01/2016
Pages 184
ISBN-13 9780826356628
ISBN-10 0826356621
Language English

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