Mrs. Apodaca, her muchachos prima, and amigos are composites of hundreds of Spanish-Americans who live in adobe settlements all over the Southwest. In these poignantly written stories of Tenorio Flat, the Apodacas, the Abeytas, and Archaletas...Carmencita, Manuelito, and Tomasito…with hundreds of others of Hispanic origin go about their lives at an unhurried pace.
Indeed, Mrs. Apodaca is sympathetic toward the “Anglo ladies…busy, busy…with the club, the PTA, the teléfono, the hair-drier, the book-of-the-month,” but she walks serenely away from their troubles.
Even the depredation of small neighbors have a grace all their own in Tenorio Flat. Anglo neighbors know from much experience that the chuckling youngsters who said their lilac hedges will soon be tapping on their doors. With shy but elegant courtesy, they will present nosegays, filched from Anglo bushes.
A wonderful collection of happy and carefree stories!