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The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina

A Novel

M. Padilla

St. Martin's Griffin

Inspired by their good-natured rivalry, career-oriented best friends Julia Juarez and Ime Benevides have never let anything come between them. Then enters Julia's new coworker, Ilario, who pulls both women's heartstrings, disrupts their friendship, and brings Julia's career to the brink of disaster.

Looking for support, Julia turns to her other friends: Concepción, a party-obsessed dance instructor; Nina, a timid but shrewd seamstress who's not too taken with her fiancé; and Marta, owner of the Revolutionary Cantina, who is preoccupied with the details of a Hollywood murder case. When they involve Julia in a risky scheme, she must choose between her loyalty to her friends and a chance to live the life she's worked so hard to achieve.

Boasting irreverent, edgy humor and a clear sense of Southern Californian culture, this hilarious, insightful debut novel by award-winning author M. Padilla brilliantly captures the comforts and dangers of friendship.

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Risks and Opportunities
Even now Julia cringed to think about it: how she must have appeared to him, caught standing in the middle of his office, riffling through his things. Monica from his sales group had assured her he was gone for the day, so how could she resist peeking in to see what she could learn about him—this company hero with the stunning gray eyes, ese hot papi chulo, as her friend Concepción called him. She’d wanted a closer look at the photo on his desk, the one of the San Fernando Valley beauty queen rumored once to have been his fiancée. Satisfied
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"The Girls from the Revolutionary Cantina" is the best kind of coming-of-age story, one in which an adult sifts through her experiences and culture to recognize her true self. M. Padilla does a remarkable job with his cast of characters, illuminating the Latina women in the novel so their personalities shine through, in stories from the past and the present.Julia Juarez is an up-and-coming account manager attempting to find security in her career success; still, she maintains a fierce sense of loyalty to the tight group of friends she has found.The women, flamboyant dance teacher Concepcion, driven careerist Ime, practical Marta and timid Nina, must make room in their circle for the returning radical, Remedios. Julia must decide whether to focus on her career, romance or friendship.It is through knowing the day-to-day drama of these colorful characters, and their lifestyle choices, that Julia becomes an independent woman. She begins pursuing her own goals and finding faith in the futu
Padilla's compulsively readable novel is centered around a group of Mexican American friends living in California's San Fernando Valley. The practical member of the group, Julia Juarez, is concentrating on her job as a sales rep at a security firm and trying not to get distracted by her dashing coworker, Ilario. When Ilario and Julia's best friend, Ime, hit it off at a party, Julia is crushed but steps aside when she sees how serious Ime is about Ilario. But when her working relationship with Ilario turns hostile, Julia starts to worry about the future of her career. Her friends' lives are equally tumultuous: mousy Nina is preparing to marry a man she's not sure she loves, wild-child Concepcion has developed a fixation on a handsome actor wanted for the murder of his wife, and Marta, owner of the Revolutionary Cantina, is drawn into a wacky plot launched by Concepcion. Readers will find these gals great company, and Padilla's second outing is a rollicking good ride with plenty of flare

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • M. Padilla

  • M. Padilla is a winner of the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize and a California Arts Council artist fellowship. Padilla lives in West Hollywood, California.

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A Novel

M. Padilla

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