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Growing Up Chicana in San Diego

Local author Patricia Santana explores what it is like growing up as a Chicana in San Diego in the 1970s in her new novel "Ghosts of El Grullo."

Growing Up Chicana in San Diego

Tom Fudge : San Diegans of Mexican descent usually have a life across the border. They may have very close ties with family, in Tijuana, Mexico City or Oaxaca. Sometimes it's the life, and the family, they left behind. Maybe it's a family they still support financially, and visit every once in a while. Those kinds of connections, and their impact on life in the states, is one of the stories explored in a new novel called "Ghosts of El Grullo."

You can hear Patricia Santana read on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, at 11:15 a.m. at the San Diego City College International Book Fair .



  • Patricia Santana , author of "Ghosts of El Grullo" and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages at Cuyamaca College where she teaches Spanish. Her earlier novel "Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility" received the Chicano/Latino Literary Prize.