How do I love thee? Let Martin count the ways. Just as she did in El Milagro
, oral historian Martin draws on the oral literature of the Mexican American community. . . . These short stories transcend their regional milieu to tell universal amorous truths. Written with finesse and without pretension, they are charming and appealing.
Forbidden, enchanted, desperate—these are some of the varieties of love in this charming concoction of romance, with, and instruction by the Arizona oral historian.
The technique is unique; the combination of epistolary form, songs, recipes, prayers to Sain Valentire, promises to Mother Mary, and stories told in flashback all reveal the many expressions of love. Highly recommended.
The stories are windows onto a culture. A beautiful weaving of historical sensibility and contemporary situations.
These 'Eleven Lessons in Love' string together like clear crystal beads—each one innocent yet wise.
—Alma Luz Villanueva