Heartthrob: Del Balboa Cafe al Apartheid and Back

Heartthrob: Del Balboa Cafe al Apartheid and Back

by Susana Chavez-Silverman


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On a wintry Thursday night in San Francisco, Susana Chávez-Silverman catches her first glimpse of a handsome stranger through the window as he passes the infamous Balboa Cafe. She knows immediately he is the man of her dreams. His eyes meet hers, he turns and enters the bar . . .
Their attraction was intense, but the social and political climate of South Africa, still in the grip of apartheid, threatened to tear them apart. Describing the vicissitudes of the Latina migratory experience, Chávez-Silverman struggles to overcome the hostility of a place that is so unwelcoming to nonwhite persons and outsiders.
Heartthrob, a love story for the ages, implores us to consider how things could have been. In these romantic crónicas based on detailed diary entries and confessional letters to family and friends, Chávez-Silverman weaves together English and Spanish to lay bare the raw intensity and true fragility of love. Anyone who has wondered about the-one-that-got-away or sought out the true meaning of happily-ever-after will be enraptured by this intimate exploration of love, loss, and regret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780299324308
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Edition description: 1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susana Chávez-Silverman is a professor of romance languages and literature at Pomona College. She is the author of Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories and Scenes from la Cuenca de Los Angeles y otros Natural Disasters.

Table of Contents

Part I. Happy Together 3
Part II. Under Apartheid’s Shadow
Inside the Northern Suburbs Stronghold/Stranglehold 29
Life during Wartime 100
Part III. Sleeping Beauty y Rip van Winkle Despiertan
En Montalvo 171
En casa 201
After the Lightning, I 276
After the Lightning, II 290
Bloedruiwe Crónica: A Coda in Two Parts 307
After Bride Flight 308
Después de Pretoria: Our Ubuntu, Montenegro 312
Author’s Note 319
Acknowledgements 321

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