Baseball in April and other Stories is beautiful because of its humility. Mr. Soto’s voice is ordinary, but his words paint clear pictures. He writes with Zen-like accuracy and simplicity.
The book is a series of short stories about growing up Mexican-American in Southern California. After having re-visited Las Angeles in 2013, it was wonderful to be transported back to the warm cloudless skies of Fresno and Inglewood. The book has a pure Chicano accent and I felt as if I’d met his characters before. The stories do not teach lessons, or have a great moral message – as far as I can see – but that is exactly why I loved this book. Reading the stories felt like looking through a window and watching a few Latino families trying to find happiness, and even some fame, in Southern California.
I gave this book a 5 star review on Goodreads simply because I couldn’t wait to read it again, every time I put it down. I would save stories for reading at just the right minute. The one entitled, Karate Kid goes great with a cup of coffee and buttered bread.
Until we meet again, I will continue writing into the woods