Simpáticas: San Miguel Stories

Elva Treviño Hart


In Elva Treviño Hart’s first collection of short stories, we meet the people of San Miguel de Allende, a town nestled in the eastern part of Guanajuato in Mexico’s mountainous bajío region that has a mild climate and an accommodating culture. We meet a variety of well-to-do Anglo characters, some haunted by ghosts and others by their own pasts, some find renewed meaning and purpose, and still others explore their sexuality. Witnessing it all are the maids of San Miguel, the women charged with making their employers’ lives carefree and luxurious. But these women are not the demure, silent types. Rather, they are independent and strong-minded, content in their self-reliance and with their relationships with their comadres. As the two cultures interact and contrast, the women work magic to heal or redeem their employers, although sometimes the sorcery of others trumps their own.

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About the Author

Elva Treviño Hart was born in south Texas to Mexican immigrants. After earning a bachelor's degree in theoretical mathematics and a master's degree in computer science/engineering from Stanford University, she worked in the computer science industry for 20 years. She then turned her attention to writing. Her award-winning memoir, Barefoot Heart, won critical acclaim and was described as "moving and memorable" by the Bloomsbury Review, "gripping" by Teaching Tolerance, and "poignant" by Library Journal. Publisher's Weekly described it as "a beautifully written debut from a writer to watch."