Love in L.A. By Dagoberto Gilb. About the Author. Dagoberto Gilb.
DagobertoGilb was born in the city of Los Angeles. His mother a Mexican who crossed the border illegally, and his father a Spanish-speaking Anglo raised in East Los Angeles. They divorced before he began kindergarten, and Gilb was raised primarily by his mother. He attended several junior colleges until he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied philosophy and religion and graduated with both bachelor's and master's degrees. Since then ,Gilb has spent years between California and Texas, developing a reputation as one of the leading voices from the American Southwest. Gilb's first publication was a small press chapbook out of El Paso, Winners on the Pass Line (1985), which came after he won his first literary prize, the James D. Phelan Award from the San Francisco Foundation.Gilb went on to earn more recognition, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and the Texas Institute of Letters' Dobie Paisano Fellowship. He currently resides in Texas, and has been a visiting writer at the University of Texas in Austin.
Point of view - a way the events of a story are conveyed to the reader, it is the “vantage point” from which the narrative is passed from author to the reader.
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1. Does the setting of L.A affect the story in any way? If so, how?
2. In your opinion, does Gilb write a love story? Explain.
3. What is/are the major themes in this story?
4. Describe the main character, Jake. How old do you think he is? Please use supporting evidence to back your responses.
5. Do you think the author made Mariana the shy and naïve character she is for a reason? Could her subtle personality contrast with Jake’s personality, or the bustling city of LA surrounding them?
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