American Chica


Author: Arana, Marie
ISBN: 9780385319638 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

In her fatherÕs Peruvian family, Marie Arana was taught to be a proper lady, yet in her motherÕs American family she learned to shoot a gun, break a horse, and snap a chickenÕs neck for dinner. Arana shuttled easily between these deeply separate cultures for years. But only when she immigrated with her family to the United States did she come to understand that she was a hybrid American whose cultural identity was split in half. Coming to terms with this split is at the heart of this graceful, beautifully realized portrait of a child who Òwas a north-south collision, a New World fusion. An American Chica.Ó

Here are two vastly different landscapes: PeruÑearthquake-prone, charged with ghosts of history and mythologyÑand the sprawling prairie lands of Wyoming. In these rich terrains resides a colorful cast of family members who bring AranaÕs historia to life...her proud grandfather who one day simply stopped coming down the stairs; her dazzling grandmother, Òclicking through the house as if she were making her way onstage.Ó But most important are AranaÕs parents: he a brilliant engineer, she a gifted musician. For more than half a century these two passionate, strong-willed people struggled to overcome the bicultural tensions in their marriage and, finally, to prevail.

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