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Assumption is a collection of 18 short stories that revolve around Latinos in Southern California. The characters are so varied, that they defy easy stereotypes: converted Jews, lesbians, lawyers, newscasters, Catholic schoolchildren --- just to name a few.
In the suspenseful "Summertime," the parents of nine-year-old Jonathan Cohen-Ramrez are confronted with their greatest fears when a deranged white supremacist opens fire on people at the Jewish children's day camp that Jonathan attends.
"Weatherman" tells the amusing tale of Castro Ramrez, a Los Angeles media personality who builds his fame by using the correct Spanish pronunciation of California city names during weather broadcasts. When a ruthless competitor attempts to beat Ramrez at his own game, the results are startling---and hilarious.
Shifting effortlessly between pathos and wry comedy, Olivas is able through his character-driven stories to explore how a married couple deals with infertility, how a lawyer reconciles her lesbian sexuality with the expectations of her traditional-minded parents, and how the students of a Catholic grammar school come to terms with the suicide of a popular young priest amid swirling rumors of his sexual improprieties.
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DANIEL A. OLIVAS is a frequent contributor of children's stories to the "Los Angeles Times'" Kids Reading Room. His children's poetry also appears in "Love to Mam : A Tribute to Mothers", edited by Pat Mora (Lee & Low Books, 2001). Olivas' books for adults include "Assumption and Other Stories" (Bilingual Press, 2003) and "The Courtship of Mar a Rivera Pe a" (Silver Lake Publishing, 2000). He practices law in Los Angeles with the California Department of Justice. The author makes his home in the San Fernando Valley with his wife and son.
Daniel A. Olivas currently resides in San Fernando Valley Los Angele, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Assumption and Other Stories?
Each story immerses the reader in a unique aspect of the American experience Oct 31, 2005
What a wonderful read! Complex and intriguiging, covering a wide range of complex moral, physical, and emotional predicaments of the Latino community of Southern California, making them accessible to the reader in the most inclusive and spell-binding way. No simplistic situations here; Mr. Olivas is advancing American writing from the Latino perspective to the level of the great South American authors.
At times funny and always fascinating Jul 18, 2004
This books contains a series of shorts stories that are freshly written and enticing to read - at times funny and always fascinating. Although fiction, the author's references to actual locations in Los Angeles (including Pico-Union) sometimes transported me back to the "old neighborhood". Enjoyed this books many short stories involving themes of racism, Latin culture and sexuality. Highly recommend.
Intermesh themes of human sexuality, tragedy, challenge Dec 13, 2003
Assumption And Other Stories is an anthology of short stories by the demonstrably talented Chicano author Daniel A. Olivas (Deputy Attorney General, California Department of Justice). His diverse stories intermesh themes of human sexuality, tragedy, challenge, loss, gender, and ethnicity , ranging from a young lawyer who tells her parents about her lesbianism, to the dark sexual rumors of surrounding the suicide of a popular young priest at a Catholic school, to the terror that strikes families when a white supremacist starts shooting at a Jewish children's day camp. Highly recommended reading, these original and memorable stories clearly document Daniel A. Olivas as one of the best and most original Hispanic American authors working today.