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Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood

Title

Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood

Authors

Melissa Hart

Publisher

Seal Press

Publication Year

2009

ISBN

9781580052948

Pages

276 pages

Genre

memoir

Format

full length

Item Type

Nonfiction

Annotation

Torn between the high socioeconomic status of her father and the bohemian lifestyle of her mother, Melissa Hart tells a compelling story of contradiction in this coming-of-age memoir. Set in 1970s Southern California, Gringa is the story of a young girl conflicted by two extremes. On the one hand theres life with her mother, who leaves her father to begin a lesbian relationship, taking Hart and her two siblings along. Hart tells of her moms new life in a Hispanic neighborhood of Oxnard, California, and how these new surroundings begin to positively shape Hart herself. At the opposite extreme is her fathers white-bread well-to-do security, which is predictable and stable and boring. Hart is made all the more fraught with frustration when a judge rules that being raised by two women is 'unnatural' and grants her father primary custody.

Grade Level

9-12

Topic

Culture/Ethnicity; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Bicultural; Homosexuality; bicultural teenager; bicultural adult; lesbian; lesbian mother

Main Character

female teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Mexican-American / White

Family Formation

divorced mother and father

LGBTQ+

lesbian female

Keywords

Spanish; moving; custody; dating; not fitting in; Hispanic foods; Mexican-American culture

Diversity Impact

direct

Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood

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