A rhythmic, terrifying raw plunge into East L.A. gang life, Locas is the story of two teenage girls, Lucia and Cecilia-the girlfriend and sister of a rising young gangster whose gun trade is about to explode into the big business of drugs. When their world starts to split apart under the vicious pressure of gang warfare, Lucia seizes power, rising to become a jefe in her own right, while Cecilia restlessly seeks meaning first in motherhood, then in a bittersweet romance with another woman. Yxta Maya Myrray's first novel is a wrenching account of two very different women who are united by one thing: each must find a way to define her identity in a brutal, male-dominated world.
Grove Press, 9780802135643, 256pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1998