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Book Review

‘Before the End’ by Dagoberto Gilb

Dagoberto Gilb’s characters struggle to make ends meet. Dagoberto Gilb’s characters struggle to make ends meet. (Jean-Luc Bertini)
By Joseph Peschel
Globe Correspondent / December 5, 2011
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In Dagoberto Gilb’s short story collection, “Before the End, After the Beginning,’’ characters live in El Paso, Albuquerque, Austin, or Los Angeles. They’re mostly beaten-down, often unnamed working-class Mexican-Americans or Mexican immigrants trying to survive in the impoverished and often racist neighborhoods of the Southwest. Class distinctions abound. Poverty and crime thrive. Some manage to transcend their pasts but still grapple to reconcile them with their present lives

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BEFORE THE END, AFTER THE BEGINNING

By Dagoberto Gilb

Grove, 194 pp., $24