Loving Pedro Infante

abril 6, 2015 - Comment

In the soothing darkness of her local theater, thirty-something teacher’s aide and divorcée Teresina “Tere” Ávila looks straight into the smoldering eyes of Pedro Infante and wonders where her life has gone. The impossibly handsome Mexican singer and movie icon died in 1957, but to Tere — secretary of the Pedro Infante fan club chapter

In the soothing darkness of her local theater, thirty-something teacher’s aide and divorcée Teresina “Tere” Ávila looks straight into the smoldering eyes of Pedro Infante and wonders where her life has gone. The impossibly handsome Mexican singer and movie icon died in 1957, but to Tere — secretary of the Pedro Infante fan club chapter 256 — he remains an everlasting symbol of the possibility of passion beyond her New Mexico town.
Tere’s passions are wasted on Lucio, the married lover who plies her with sweet kisses and false promises. Comfort comes in her adoration for Infante and in the companionship of her best friend, Irma “La Wirma” Granados. Then, one night at the Border Cowboy Truck Stop, Tere is forced to confront reality — and the choices she must make to reclaim her life.

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Candace Siegle, Greedy Reader dice:

Not the whole enchilada To continue with the type of imagery that Denise Chavez uses so sassily in “Loving Pedro Infante,” this novel is like one of those burritos where the insides are tasty but the tortilla holding it all together is so flimsy that the whole thing falls apart. Tere Avila is a teacher’s aid in Cabritoville, Texas, a place where there’s not a lot to do but chow down at Sofia’s Mighty Taco, dress up to the teeth and hang out at La Tempestad Lounge with guys you’ve known all your life, and attend meetings of the Pedro Infante fan club. For those who don’t know who Pedro Infante is, he was the star of stars during Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema, an actor whose fine voice, charismatic performances, and tumultuous personal life were ended by a plane crash in the late 1950’s. He is adored in Mexico with the kind of following given to Elvis in the US. “Loving Pedro Infante” gets off to a bright and frisky start with La Tere describing a typical meeting of the fan…

Sharon Anderson dice:

Wonderful writing, but could have been much better I attended an event (prior to publication of the book) in which Chavez read portions of the book aloud, including the scene in which the heroine, Tere, has her first anti-climactic rendevous with her married lover, Lucio. Chavez’ reading was so hilarious and touching that I could not wait to get my hands on the book.Unfortunately, despite Chavez’ witty writing, the novel wastes the potential of the characters and setting (Tere, her best friend Irma, the colorful members of the fan club and the dusty little town where they live) by concentrating too much on Tere’s hopeless obsession with Lucio. We get pages upon pages of Tere’s overwrought longings for the guy, but the book never shows him doing or saying anything to warrant the attraction. He’s not half as interesting as some of the minor characters and barely even has any dialogue. Halfway through I felt like exclaiming “Dios Mio” and just giving up. I guess Chavez might have been trying to illustrate how women…

Harriet Klausner dice:

superb character study In Cabritoville, New Mexico, Teresina Avila, a thirty-something divorcees, works as an elementary schoolteacher’s aide. Her lover, the married father of one, Lucio Valdez promises her the world, but outside of twisting her heart he gives her nothing. Tere’s only real friend is Irma Granados. Her real passion is the secretary of the local chapter of the Pedro Infante fan club, a group dedicated to the famous but deceased Mexican actor. Tere hates her current personal life, but fears loneliness if she dumps the sleazy Lucio and their motel trysts. When Lucio’s six-year old daughter catches them petting, he ends their relationship even as she fills up with shame. Only dreams of Pedro, who died in the fifties, give Tere any satisfaction. However, perhaps the return of a lover from her past can help the depressed Tere find joy again, but can he compete with a legend of the silver screen?LOVING PEDRO INFANTE is a superb character study that provides the audience a close…

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