Focusing on the relationship between two fiercely independent women Teresa a writer and Alicia an artist this epistolary novel was written as a tribute to Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch and examines Latina forms of love gender conflict and female friendship Ana Castillo's groundbreaking first novel The Mixquiahuala Letters received an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and is widely studied as a feminist text on the nature of self conflict

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