Ni chicha ni limonada
SHORT STORIES | 2010 | 210 pages
Set between Guatemala and the United States, between the innocence of childhood and the trials of adult life, the short stories contained in Ni chicha ni limonada are tender, humorous and profoundly insightful.
In “La Casita” the innocence of a young boy’s childhood is shattered by the mounting presence of war, in “The Immigrant” a father and son struggle with the new realities of a foreign country, while in “Floating Free” two friends struggle to follow the rules imposed upon them by the strict Guatemalan Jewish society they belong to. The characters in these stories oftentimes feel trapped and excluded from the world they live in, never quite fitting in, never quite grasping the rules of the game. Written in the elegant and passionate prose that has long characterized David Unger’s writing, Ni chicha ni limonada powerfully evokes the struggles—but also the unexpected beauty—that comes from belonging to a crossroads of cultures, countries and languages.
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