Under the Feet of Jesus

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Under the Feet of Jesus

By Helena Maria Viramontes

Plume Books, Paperback, 9780452273870, 192pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1996

With the same audacity with which John Steinbeck wrote about migrant worker conditions in "The Grapes of Wrath "and T.C. Boyle in "The Tortilla Curtain," Viramontes ("The Moths and Other Stories") presents a moving and powerful vision of the lives of the men, women, and children who endure a second-class existence and labor under dangerous conditions in California's fields. This first novel tells the story a young girl, Estrella, and her Latino family as they struggle with arduous farm labor during the summer months, and still manage to latch onto the hope of a liberating future. Viramontes graces the page with poetic touch, artfully describing poverty conditions and bringing to the reader a panoramic view of social consciousness and unforgettable characters.

About the Author
Helena Maria Viramontes is the acclaimed author of "The Moths and Other Storie"s and "Under the Feet of Jesus"; and the coeditor of two collections: "Chicana (W)Rites: On Word and Film" and "Chicana Creativity and Criticism". She is the recipient of the 2006 Luis Leal Award and the John Dos Passos Award for Literature, and her short stories and essays have been widely anthologized and adopted for classroom use and university study. Viramontes lives in Ithaca, New York, where she is a professor in the Department of English at Cornell University.