Mountain Press Publishing Missoula Montana


Hispanic Women of the Rio Puerco Valley


Media: Paperback

Item #: 1085   Price: $17.95
ISBN: 1-889921-15-7
Pages: 260   Size: 5.5 x 9

Distributed by Mountain Press for: Western Edge Press


Comadres celebrates a way of life, a regional language, and a generation of women whose contribution to New Mexican history and culture has long been overlooked. The Rio Puerco Valley of New Mexico is a dramatic, stark, now largely uninhabited area south of Albuquerque, punctuated by towering landforms. Life in the first decades of statehood was hard and followed routines dictated by the seasons of a harsh environment. Yet the Hispanic culture that its inhabitants brought from Mexico made it possible not only to survive but to have lives rich in tradition. Branding cows, birthing children, sewing sheets, hauling water, and building walls, the hands of these women shaped the world in which they lived; their stories contribute to the ongoing legacy of Hispanic culture.

García transcribes the women's remembrances into a regional Spanish remarkable for its faithfulness to the spoken word. The English translation is rendered with personal nuance; a glossary invites readers to compare regional variations with standard Spanish. Readers will discover beauty and grace in the everyday lives of these twelve women and will carry away a sense of Comadres--a bond of friendship.