Alex Espinoza talks about hoe “there is certainly a version of southern Californiathat dominates popular culture”(A Reader’s Guide 250), In Still Water Saints, he tries to write about the “other” Southern Clifornia ” the often-times misunderstood and misrepresented Southern California”(250). What might some examples of this “other” Southern California that you see in the novel? Do you think there is a version of Northern Californai that dominates popular culture? If you were to write about Santa Clara, what would you include that might be different from the more dominant popular culture ideas about Nortehrn California, the San Francisco Bay Area, etc?
A major theme in the novelis change/ transformation. Discuss how Perla, Azucar, Rosa, and other characters transformthroughout the novel, as well as how the town of Agua Mansa undergoes change. Why do you think the author chose to set his novel and create his characters around a time of Transformation(Readers Guide 251)?
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