- Title: Las hijas de Juan: Daughters Betrayed
- Author: Josie Méndez-Negrete
- ISBN: 9780822338963
- Page: 456
- Format: Paperback
Las hijas de Juan shatters the silence surrounding experiences of incest within a working class Mexican American family Both a feminist memoir and a hopeful meditation on healing, it is Josie M ndez Negrete s story of how she and her siblings and mother survived years of violence and sexual abuse at the hands of her father.M ndez Negrete was born in Mexico, in the state oLas hijas de Juan shatters the silence surrounding experiences of incest within a working class Mexican American family Both a feminist memoir and a hopeful meditation on healing, it is Josie M ndez Negrete s story of how she and her siblings and mother survived years of violence and sexual abuse at the hands of her father.M ndez Negrete was born in Mexico, in the state of Zacatecas She recalls a joyous childhood growing up in the midst of Tabasco, a vibrant town filled with extended family Her father, though, had dreams of acquiring wealth in el norte He worked sun up to sun down in the fields of south Texas Returning home to Mexico, his pockets full of dollars, he spent evenings drinking and womanizing.When M ndez Negrete was eleven, her father moved the family to the United States, where they eventually settled in California s Santa Clara Valley There her father began molesting his daughters, viciously beating them and their mother Within the impoverished immigrant family, the abuse continued for years, until a family friend brought it to the attention of child welfare authorities M ndez Negrete s father was tried, convicted, and imprisoned.Las hijas de Juan is told chronologically, from the time M ndez Negrete was a child until she was a young adult trying, along with the rest of her family, to come to terms with her father s brutal legacy It is a harrowing story of abuse and shame compounded by cultural and linguistic isolation and a system of patriarchy that devalues the experiences of women and girls At the same time, Las hijas de Juan is an inspiring tale, filled with strong women and hard won solace found in traditional Mexican cooking, songs, and storytelling.
Recent Comments "Las hijas de Juan: Daughters Betrayed"
I love how Josie uses vivid memories to bring the tragic stories to life. She is an amazing, strong woman. I'm fortunate enough to know her, and was pleased to have been present at her presentation of the book @ CSUN. Girl power! :)
This book is really intense. I don't know if this counts as a spoiler, but I'm going to flag this anyway. What I love about this books is that it doesn't end with her dad getting caughtShe continues the story about how she survived the aftermath of her dad's abuse.
Interesting Testimonio. Difficult subject matter. Not too crazy about the author's storytelling abilities - repetitive.
A powerful story about Josie Mendez-Negrete's experience with sexual violence growing up. Difficult to read because of it's content but it's definitely something that needed to be written about.
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