Estrella’s family, however, has several problems of its own.
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The work centers on Estrella, a thirteen-year-old girl traveling with her family from job to job in California’s central San Joaquin Valley.
Estrella’s father has abandoned the family of five children, and her mother is pregnant again by the seventy-three-year-old Perfecto Flores, who drives them to their new job in his aging car but dreams of getting away himself.
is a novella telling a powerful story about California’s migrant farmworkers.
Viramontes has dedicated this work to her parents, who met while picking cotton, and to the memory of César Chávez, the revered leader of the United Farm Workers.
Meanwhile, Petra’s health is becoming more and more of a problem.
She suffers from varicose veins and has also become pregnant, although she hasn’t yet told Perfecto for fear of disappointing him.
Estrella works in the fields, as do her brothers and Perfecto.
The story becomes complicated by a young man named Alejo.