Ananda Esteva’s Chela is a live wire, imagination on a rampage, out on a spree with her boys in the band, headed from Mexico to Los Angeles with her heart on her sleeve and more determination than a band of angels flying past La Migra. The writing sparkles with jive, delirium, pure hallucinogenic energy, and a great love of life, pure hallucinogenic energy, and a great love of life and music. This is a complicated, entertaining, and instructive adventure, also a scary but magical brouhaha with many startling twists. What really happens is always up for grabs. Chela is a great creation, born to thrive. And, hey! — Charles Mingus would be proud.
John Nichols, The Milagro Bean field War
Praise for The Stories of Chela Coatlicue Alvarez from Ishmael Reed
“Ananda Esteva has concocted a hip version of Magic Realism, which combines cultures to produce a work that is not only entertaining, but instructive. She is on the cutting edge of 21st Century American writing. She showed great promise when enrolled in my Cal writing class. Her talent has blossomed.”
Praise for The Stories of Chela Coatlicue Alvarez from Michelle Tea
“Ananda Esteva has recreated the choose-your-own adventure novel, giving us a fierce and flawed punk rock girlhero, infusing the landscape with all-too-real treachery, merging the toughness of life with potential for transcendence and triumph. A fantastic and engaging story.”
Michelle Tea, Sister Spit