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Out of the Margins
Date of Review: 
Feb.08.2007
Reviewer: 
CHRISTINE WALD-HOPKINS
Source: 
Tucson Weekly

The "prettiest girl in Arvin," from the title of Rafaela's G. Castro's collection of personal essays, was sometimes called "Pablito" or "muchachito"--little Pablo or little boy--when she was 3 or 4. Due to "granos en la cabeza" (ringworm, perhaps, or head lice), Rafaela's head was shaved, and the braceros who boarded at her mother's house teased her about it. An uncle countered by dubbing her "the prettiest girl in Arvin." But, Castro writes, "everybody knew there couldn't be many pretty girls in a town like Arvin."