The Place of the White Heron
250 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- Published: October 2023
Tia Chucha Press is honored to announce The Place of the White Heron, our first novel after thirty-four years of publishing poetry collections and anthologies. By renowned Chicano writer and scholar Alejandro Morales, the book is a parable for the twenty-first century, an allegory of the violence, racism, and international tensions between the United States and México. Protagonist J. I. Cruz embodies a mythic female character needed in our besieged times. Allusions to pre-Columbian goddesses and other Mexican mythological, religious, artistic, spiritual, and historical figures are part of her psychological and spiritual identity.
“Professor Morales’ fiction engages the formation of the Mexican American experience from Mexico through Southern California. He brings alive the roots of Mexican American culture and shows different paths for its evolution in the future. In all cases, this shared history and culture is presented in an engaging manner that speaks to both readers seeking an engaging read and to scholars seeking a deeper understanding.” —Louis DeSipio, University of California Irvine