By Michael Jaime-Becerra
With a solid of characters so vibrant they appear to jump from the web page, this selection of associated brief tales bargains a portrait of people aching to discover their position in an detached global. The characters who inhabit those tales -- children, attractiveness queens, race vehicle drivers, or even grandfathers -- fall in love, attempt to make ends meet, or look for solutions to their destiny whereas reconciling the prior. Michael Jaime-Becerra casts a hot glow on every one of them.
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The woman with him is busy reading the menu painted on the side of the truck, her makeup sloppy, her green dress wrinkled. She’s wearing nylons with unshaven legs. In places, her leg hair curls through the beige fabric and the stockings sag and bunch around both ankles like shackles. In June, Hector went to a party for Mini’s abuelita, and they made quiet jokes after noticing that all the viejitas in her family dressed the same way. Mini’s pregnant, three months pregnant, and twenty minutes ago she woke Hector up to talk about chorizo, how the same grandma with hairy legs used to make her chorizo with potatoes instead of with eggs because the eggs would give her asco.
My poor Jarrito was wearing Levi’s, those old Levi’s he outgrew the year before. He had on a white shirt that I got him from the Salvation every night is ladies’ night 28 Army. ” Ruby sits down next to me and inhales deep on her cigarette. Her tea is simmering on the stove. I need something nice for my date with Oscar this Saturday. It’s not my fault I get paid every two weeks. I’ll return the money. My tía folds the bills and sticks them in her pack of cigarettes. She sweeps the piles of change into her apron pocket.
Mini asks Hector if he needs anything from the mall, before shutting the bathroom door. ” Hector tells her yeah, then walks back to the living room and collapses on the couch. Mini’s five-two, but whenever people ask how tall she is, she always tells them she’s five-four. She’s looked the same forever, same short black hair, thin as a child. She’s only started to show in the last month. She’s due in February, but Mini can’t weigh more than a hundred, a hundred and ten pounds. Hector’s never really known her exact weight.
Every Night Is Ladies' Night: Stories by Michael Jaime-Becerra