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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Our Lady of Refuge
by Iredell, James, Ph.D., Georgia State University, 2009, 211; 3406055
Abstract (Summary)

This story cycle focuses on the members of the Ordoñez family of Castroville, California from the time of the first generation's migration from Mexico in the 1950s to the most recent generation who moves out of the town in the 2000s. “The Ordoñez Pride” shows the entire family as they experience a miracle. Cecilia, the matriarch, receives a belated wedding ring that bursts into flame that doesn't burn her, but everything else it comes into contact with. The flame also magically sparks hers and her husband's sex life into overdrive and, late in life, they produce three more children, for a total of nine. Following this framing story, we see snapshots of all the other family members at life-changing moments. In “After the Revolution” we see Ray Ordoñez, the family patriarch, grow from a boy into a man, as he defends his sister from what he perceives to be the American ranch owner practicing the right to first night—a custom that was still practiced in rural Mexico in the twentieth century. Eventually, Ray migrates to California and begins his family, becomes assimilated into American culture, and reluctantly welcomes an American boy—his oldest daughter's boyfriend—into his household.

INDEX WORDS: Abstract, Fiction, Dissertation, Story cycle, California, Mexican-American, Georgia State University

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Joseph, Sheri
School: Georgia State University
School Location: United States -- Georgia
Source: DAI-A 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Hispanic American studies, Creative writing
Keywords: California, Mexican-American, Original writing, Our Lady of Refuge, Short stories, Story cycle
Publication Number: 3406055
ISBN: 978-1-109-72904-7
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