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La Quinceañera

Making Gender and Ethnic Identities
  • Karen Mary Davalos
Part of the New Directions in Latino American Cultures book series (NDLAC)


The church looked empty, but I could hear a man talking to someone about how late it was getting. He complained that the girl and her family had not yet arrived, and he was scheduled to perform a wedding in less than an hour. He sounded angry, so I glanced only briefly at the plastic and natural flowers decorating the pews and the statue of the Virgen de Guadalupe before heading outside. Those guests who had arrived stood on the church steps and showed no interest in entering the Byzantine building.


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