Acosta stakes claim with deft story of Tejana saga

Dr Manuel Flores

Teresa Palomo Acosta has become a Tejana icon with her writing of “Tejanaland – A Writing Life in Four Acts.”

With this brilliantly written study, Acosta has emerged into one of the Lone Star State’s and nation’s significant women writers of Tejano(a)s. She has touched not only the souls of her readers of her, but also the souls and memories of brilliant Tejana authors like Jovita Gonzalez de Mireles, Sara Estela Ramirez and Elena Zamora O’Shea. Mireles, Ramirez and O’Shea comprise the troika of Tejana writers who soared above discrimination, prejudice and verbal assaults to tell the story of Texas and the Tejano(a) experience with grace and dignity. They unashamedly told the story of how the Tejano(a) – the first European setters of Texas – helped tame and settle this land.

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