"Ortiz-Taylor writes novels that help to illuminate the Mexican-American lesbian experience." -Tina Gianoulis
Need I say more? Doubtful, but I want to make sure you have a full picture.
- Casa Diva, (seemingly its own character) a spa house for gay men that is over-run with AIDS.
- Marina Lomas, Victim of her abusive husband and recently turned lesbian.
- Yolanda Ramirez, local phlebotomist and lesbian.
- Crescencio, a man in love with with a dying, married woman.
- Ella Townsend, the dying, married, before mentioned woman.
- Mr. Townsend, Ella's abusive husband.
- A few other Indians, Mexicans, and Gays. (Not that I am grouping them all together, but the author seemed the think those were the superior beings on earth.)
The women of Coachella all believe they need extensive plastic surgery on the regular basis. This is not an idea put in their heads by their abusive husbands, but in fact a sad truth that they themselves can see as their boobs sag, bellies pooch, and faces age. However, all of their surgeries require extended hospital stays where they are eventually given blood transfusions.
All the Gay men living at the Casa Diva, most notably the owner, are getting nagging colds that refuse to go away and soon turn into pneumonia.
The phlebotomist, Yolanda, is seeing a surprising increase in the number of people with low white blood cell counts. She realizes that this is an indication of AIDS.
Yolanda thinks that AIDS may be a virus, and it may be carried in the blood. The blood bank might be contaminated. She takes her research to the doctor, after a brief discussion, they decide that they are more like business men than doctors. They hide the fact of the tainted blood so that they don't loose money on it.
Marina comes to town with her baby girl as she tries to escape her abusive husband, David. She starts working at the Casa Diva and meets Yolanda. The two women soon become lovers and move in together. When they hear that David is coming after Marina, they hide out with a friend. Yolanda's father, Crescencio stays at their trailer and shoots David to death.
That night there is an announcement on the News. Everyone is made aware of the tainted blood, but most of them will die anyway. We are not too sad, since Davis has been killed, Ella escaped her abusive husband by dying of AIDS herself, and all the good people of Coachella know that Yolanda was really the one who made the important discovery.
General Conclusions :
- All straight men abuse women because their scarred emotions don't know any other way of asking for love.
- Women understand women better, and men understand men better, so you should not attempt to have a romantic relationship with the opposite sex.
- Mexican culture is far superior to American. If all the Mexican natives would throw off American bondage and be gay they would live much happier lives, but still die of AIDS.
- If you are a lesbian, your books will get published without the content even being scanned.