Virgin Territory

Donna Gershten intimately portrays an impoverished Mexican family.
photo: Mitchell Gershten
Donna Gershten intimately portrays an impoverished Mexican family.

Writers—like all artists—have a right to write about everything and anything. Mexicans shouldn't be the exclusive province of Mexican scribes any more than Hoosiers should be Michael Martone's. And writing across borders provides insight not just into the Other, but into ourselves. Gershten avoids most of the pitfalls—she is neither condescending nor fawning—but Virgin, in spite of its grace and courage, raises a much more universal and basic question: Just how well can we ever really know one another?

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