At a glance:
- Author: Denise Chávez
- First Published: 1992
- Type of Plot: Sketch
- Time of Work: The late twentieth century
- Setting: United States
- Characters: Soveida, Mamá Lupita
- Genres: Short fiction, Sketch
- Subjects: African Americans, United States or Americans, Racism, Blacks, Sex or sexuality, Twentieth century, Gender roles, Christianity, Grandparents or grandchildren, Mexican Americans, Catholics or Catholic Church, Mexico or Mexicans, Latinos, Saints or sainthood
- Locales: United States, North America
Soveida is a young woman who has always identified with saints. She expounds on a list of the saints with whom she most identified when she was a girl in a Catholic school. Figuring large on her list are “the passive lay-down-their-life-and-die-rather-than-screw virgins.” For example, she finds the story of Saint María Goretti especially compelling. María Goretti was a little girl who was raped and murdered; her story, the narrator notes, was the introduction to passion to the children at her school.
The narrator lists other saints of all shapes, sizes,...
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