The doomed attempts of Mexican Maria, her daughter and granddaughter to escape from their hopeless lives in the USA are told with such compelling black humour that I found myself laughing at what were truly very tragic predicaments. I shall certainly look for more by this author.
The young American actor was sat on a large straw throne at the far end of the pool, the chimp at his feet, starlet in his lap. Maria also recognized some of the girls - a few had worked at the Pantheon and been poached by other brothels. She had attended parties like this before and recognized the scene: the forced loucheness, hacking laughter, the cigarette holders so long that they were a threat to all but the most attentive eyes.