The King and Queen of Comezón

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University of Oklahoma Press
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5.4 X 0.8 X 8.4 inches | 0.8 pounds
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About the Author
Denise Chavez is a performance artist, novelist, and teacher whose work celebrates the border corridor of southern New Mexico, West Texas, and northern Mexico. Her novel, Face of an Angel (1994) won the American Book Award and her The King and Queen of Comezón (2014) won the 2015 International Latino Book Award and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for fiction.
"[Denise] Chávez's voice is at once zany and knowing. She is la gran mitotera--a big troublemaker, stirring up rollicking mischief with wacky humor delivered in the lyrical tempo of Chicano slang."--Publisher's Weekly
"Chávez draws carefully detailed, emotionally convincing portraits of the lives of ordinary people."--Newsday
"Chávez records the food, the hang-ups, the turn-ons and worldview of a thriving border culture. . . . [Her] spicy storytelling reminds us that women today, fictional and real, have . . . options. And while looking for idealized romantic love will never go out of style, finding it pretty much has."--New York Times
"Chávez has a marvelous ear for the dramatic moment and a fine hand for the comic set piece."--Miami Herald
"The King and Queen of Comezón is a work of pure, comic genius with just enough pathos thrown in to make us weep with gratitude. What Denise Chávez has done for the dusty border town of Comezón (or "Itch")--for her entire beloved borderland, in fact--is akin to what William Faulkner created with Yoknapatawpha County or Toni Morrison with her native Ohio. The town may be small, but its unforgettable inhabitants live large, dream large, heart and soul."
--Cristina García, author of King of Cuba
"Denise Chávez is both king and queen of storytelling."--Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
"The King and Queen of Comezón is rich, so full of raunch and beautiful flights of imagination, and humor, and descriptions of the human condition. Above all else, this book reeks of a deep love for humanity. The writing soars. Denise Chávez has written a classic for our age."--John Nichols, author of The Milagro Beanfield War
"Welcome to Comezón! Denise Chávez's signature wit and wisdom turn a dusty New Mexico village into a magical universe that you will love and never want to leave." --Demetria Martínez, author of The Block Captain's Daughter