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La verdad es que yo te e tratado mal Mal porque tengo miedo Miedo porque yo era como t�, llena de ideas y verdad, y por mi sabidur�a lo perd� todo T� no eres Malcriada Lo que pasa es que tu sabes demasiado In the middle of the Caribbean Sea, aboard an illegal voyage from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico, a twelve year old learns her name; a former cacao farmer finds a constellation on his lover's thighs; best friends become strangers and find the essence of themselves in the face of deception; an old man exchanges his homeland for a New York City bodega storefront; preteen boys grapple with authority; female cousins come to terms with their first shared sexual experience; an alcoholic woman finds serenity at the bottom of the sea; feminism is deconstructed by opposing views; on the back of a motorcycle, selfawareness is found; and a woman discovers that healing is a series of choices My mother didn't teach me dependency, I want to yell and enunciate I cannot force myself to need you Mami taught me to use my tongue like a sword, and I haven't sharpened it in years Too afraid, I find myself, to pain him, to say things that might strike him the wrong way Some feelings just don't translate You know that Malcriadas can love the world awake

10 thoughts on “Malcriada Other Stories

  1. Scarllet ✦ iamlitandwit Scarllet ✦ iamlitandwit says:

    You know that Malcriadas can love the world awake.

    Lorraine Avila writes to heal and it's felt so completely throughout every single story she's written. The truth, the way she writes these characters, her history, and Dominican heritage... It's powerful!!

    I closed the pages of Malcriada and I felt so attached, my head and heart heavy with empathy, understanding, and connection. She wrote about everything within the scope of women's bodies, feminism, Dominican diaspora, the culture, growth, you name it and she wrote about everyone and anyone which I really liked because everyone's pov is important for empathy and compassion. The traumas and experiences she brought up caused me to be in my feelings and I just felt like it's such an important collection.

    I also read her acknowledgements and found out we went to the same high school, so that is so so cool!! Espero for more of her works in the future <3

  2. Jehan Jehan says:

    Lorraine wrote this for us. For all the girls who’ve been called fast badgal malcriada and unapologetic about explorations and creating ourselves. I’ve read the reviews and saw a lot of mention of the pain Lorraine captures, but this review is about the power and healing Lorraine captures.
    In all of the stories the characters allow themselves to EXPERIENCE life. They move through the circumstances of domestic violence, migration, police brutality, and all the ills of capitalism and colonization with no one’s permission but their own. They allow themselves to fail. They allow themselves to fear. They allow themselves to fall in and out love. They choose to dive in as the cover suggests. And being “ill-bred” or badly behaved has, we’ve always known, given us our power.

  3. Sharon Velez Diodonet Sharon Velez Diodonet says:

    My mother didn't teach me dependency, I want to yell and enunciate. I cannot force myself to need you. Mami taught me to use my tongue like a sword, and I haven't sharpened it in years.

    Malcriada & Other Stories is a collection of short stories centered on the Dominican diaspora. Each one is brimming with attitude, rage, curiosity, identity, femininity, sexuality, innocence, trauma and discovery. Each one was a gut punch and left me reeling from emotional connection, feelings of being truly seen, rawness and newfound power. Every word on the pages resonated in my soul and made me reconnect with parts of my thoughts that had long been buried. This is a book that needs to be read and passed on for years to come.

    Malcriada, Justice and Bodysuit were my favorites because they cut straight to the chase of what it means to be a woman in the world trying to live up to the standards set by a world that has for too long not protected women or even valued them for their daily resilience. Malcriada especially explores the complexity of the female relationships and conflicts within the same family. Thank you Lorraine Avila for this gift of prose to the world.

  4. Amanda Amanda says:

    There's much I admire and can relate to in Malcriada. I had high hopes for this collection, especially after learning more about Lorraine Avila's own story and the labor of love this work was for her. Nonetheless, I sadly ended up not being as enamored of the collection as I'd hoped.

    In terms of things I liked, I appreciated the malcriada leitmotif and Avila's Author's Note (though it wasn't labeled as such) at the beginning of the text. I valued her candidness and how she laid out a constant yearning for a sense of belonging that has never materialized but she has learned to take ownership of and navigate. These sentiments very much struck a chord with me and made me even more eager to get acquainted with Avila's writing and the characters she would introduce in the forthcoming pages. The stories I liked most were: Malcriada, Cuero, Pastelitos, and The Law.

    Though some stories were difficult to get through and, in the end, found myself not liking, I respected Avila shining light on representative characters and situations with the intention to facilitate healing and dialogue. In my opinion, this is one of the primary reasons the collection has received such high ratings: because of it's ability to speak to the shame and facelessness much of Avila's readership likely has carried with no expectation of finding solidarity or glimpses of their own experiences in an author's pages.

    One of the definitive aspects I didn't like, were the sheer number of typos (as on p.125, 143, 149, 150, 151). Although this is Avila's first published work and a first edition version of her collection, the typos were frustrating and made the book feel unpolished. In that same vein, the inclusion of illustrations throughout the text cheapened not only the reading experience but the depth of the storylines and characters. It made Malcriada come off as hokey and amateurish. A few here and there might have even been palatable, but to punctuate the start of each story and then sometimes the end with drawings was just too much. These elements definitely had an (negative) impact on my enjoyment of Malcriada as a whole. On a separate note, I unfortunately felt that the collection's closing story - You - was overly preachy and a disappointing ending, though I know that Avila's intent was to come full circle and present an image of healing and acceptance.

    I feel that Avila is an essential and impactful voice in literature. Her guilelessness in relaying experiences related to Dominican culture, the realities of growing up in the inner city, and straddling multiple cultures and identities is profound. I feel that as she publishes more of her work, the essence of her truth will shine brighter and be smoother around the edges. I look forward to reading what's to come, but Malcriada in its entirety sadly doesn't rank as a favorite of mine.

    Noteworthy lines and passages:
    Ni de aqui, ni de alla. I was born and raised in the Bronx. A daughter of Dominicans. A chunk of my years growing up were always spent in el Cibao, so I grew up always feeling like there was no place I could be fully wedged into; a gringa there, a Dominican there and a Morenota everywhere. (p.2)

    ...if I am Black and woman, I'm tired of it. If I am a reflection of God, where is the glory? (Justice - p.76)

    You know we never had a lobby like this...But the minute one white person moved in management had the Super redo the entire entrance. Like ya can't see bare and ugly the way we can...And it's not that we don't like y'all - the hipsters, the doctors, the nurses, the people who gentrify. It's that we don't like that once we open the door to our community, everything changes. Everything. For your comfort. Not for ours. We've made comfort out of the conditions we've been served, and now ya just wanna run into what we created and change it without considering us. I feel the bitterness dwindle within me. It starts with the entrance, then ya want to control our customs, and next, none of our businesses are down the block. (Justice - p.79-80)

  5. Astrid Ferguson Astrid Ferguson says:

    First Impression:

    Malcriada & Other Stories by Lorraine Avila was a series of stories that by the title alone intrigued my senses. I read this book while on my “adult vacation” with just my husband. Aye! We all need breaks from the carajitos ok! So when I say this story caught me in waves, I really meant it. First, I will admit I started reading this on the plane at six am because I wanted to fall right to sleep. Reading sometimes puts me in a daze when I’m tired and it takes me a little while to get into stories. However, the poetry at the beginning captivated me and when I blinked an hour had passed. I didn’t know what to expect with this story right away because I was actually the well behaved daughter. Yo no era Malcriada! That was my sister, the black sheep as we called her. However, I did receive a long list of things of what is not permitted and if I violated any of them, I would be considered a Malcriada. Now don’t tell my mom but I definitely violated a few, I was just good at concealing mischievous behavior.

    As I turned the pages I met a new character in a different scenario, perception and set of circumstances. Thoughts began pulsating and soon I was saying, “hum, esperate pero esta vaina se esta poniendo caliente o el sol me esta quemando?” Lorraine was able to capture so many immense thought provoking moments in this series of stories.

    A couple stories cut me like a knife with a label reading “dime a ver” doesn’t this sound familiar? It took me to a dark time that I often avoid speaking about; because it’s a complexity I wish didn’t exist between us (black/brown) people. You know, this whole competition of pain and shaming, thing. That is when I met Justice, the story.

    Complexity in Stories We Share:

    Malcriada had many characters and very complex short stories that need an expantion to allow the veins to slowly move the blood. There are some stories that you are left feeling like holy $%^# what happened? So for the purpose of this review I’ll only touch on one short story that reached in my throat and held my uvula hostage.

    Justice was one that struck a deep emotional chord because it touches on racism, culture, perception and identity crisis. Something that we Latina’s struggle with continuously is the lack of understanding where we stand in the mix of cultures. In this case, the black culture. We have heard the terms Afrolatina, Latinx and Hispanic Americans but what exactly does that mean? In the story of Justice Elidania, lives with her boyfriend who is black, suffers from a mental disability, and was aspiring to become a doctor. She was living with him and was the bread winner while he completed his tenured. Rejection and acceptance commingled in the spine of this dysfunctional relationship. Due to past ancestral ghost they couldn’t vanquish, turmoil sat on the mat of their small apartment.

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    This arc was provided to me by Dominican Writers and this has not persuaded or altered my decision in any way.

  6. Glendalee Glendalee says:

    I have been a reader since I can remember clutching a book from home on the first day of Kindergarten when I thought my mom was leaving me there. However, growing up I did not read a lot of Latinx writers. There was Julia Alvarez and Sandra Cisneros but that was all I was exposed to in school.

    Now we live in an age now where thanks to social media and technology we can connect and be exposed to so many Latinx writers. I am so grateful to Dominican Writers for putting me on to so many dope writers!

    I was so excited to read Malcriada and Other stories because that was a word that I heard a lot growing up from my mother, family etc (along with greñuda). Although this was a book of short stories it almost felt like reading poetry because Avila just has this way of capturing emotions and writing these different characters that you feel like you’ve met them before and you probably have or maybe some of these characters were you.

    So many of the stories were so familiar to me, because of the culture, the spanglish, spanish and more. It is truly beautiful to be able to pick up a book by a Dominican writer and be able to relate to some if not all of the content that is there. This is a beautiful time for Latinx writers.

    I really enjoyed reading this and I’m excited to see what she writes next.

  7. Nia Ita Nia Ita says:

    Malcriada and Other Stories had me captured from the title alone. A short excerpt from the preface:

    ...that weight of being Malcriada lived heavy in my underbelly, in my chest. Even when I managed to do what was asked of me, to exceed the steps of my predecessors, having an opinion and voicing it, made me a Malcriada.

    Being a girl with wants, needs, and desires made me crooked. This notion still finds ways to live in me now. I am still shedding. I just don't apologize for it anymore.

    The sharp, new voice of this author shines throughout each story. Some of my favorites include Cuero, Romo, Mi'ja, The Law and You. You almost brought me to tears.

    Lorraine Avila came out swinging with this debut collection of short stories. Readers who are children of immigrants will find many ways to relate to the stories, especially those Dominicans, Dominican-Americans and Dominiyorks. I'm so grateful to live in a time and age where I can see myself in the literature I read.

  8. Debbie Debbie says:

    Avila's is a heck of a writer! Her powerful and expressive writing grabbed my attention from beginning to end. Malcriada & Other Stories is jammed packed with compelling stories that touched my heart and mind. I felt the stories were realistic and some of them immediately transported me to the Dominican Republic. I swallowed the stories in one sitting but feel I need to go back and re-read the entire book at a slower pace. I also enjoyed and appreciated the drawings throughout the book.

    A huge thank you to Dominican Writers and Lorraine Avila for an advanced copy of this fascinating book in exchange for an honest review. My heart continues to be filled with pure joy and delight every time I learn of a new Dominican author. The world better watch out! :-)

  9. Shirley Chapman Shirley Chapman says:

    I’ve never felt so seen in a book the language the location the cultural relevancy I hope this is just the beginning !! Love this book

  10. Sarah Sarah says:

    Loved this debut! Such a rare and authentic voice much-needed in Latinx literature. Can't wait to celebrate this book when it's released. Watch out world for Lorraine Avila. Ha llegado.