The Bacopa Literary Review 2016 is out through Amazon, and with it, my story, “War and Peace in la cola preferencial.”
This other War and Peace is about my kids, Roberto, and I waiting during 5 p.m. rush hour in a preferential treatment grocery line—a line set aside for elderly shoppers, pregnant women, and those with children. We’re in Lima, Peru, blocks from where Roberto grew up, waiting to buy fresh rolls and a sausage called salchicha de huacho for lonche, the all-important Peruvian tea time.
All is going smoothly until… a white-haired woman nudged me from behind with her cart. Moments before, a woman with black hair had muscled her way in from the right to snatch the spot before us.
“Ya metieron la carreta,” the elderly woman at our backs whispered, then retreated.
“Somebody put the shopping cart in there.”
The story goes on to show how this preferential treatment, this codified respect, tells a fuller story about Peruvians—of course, a humorous story, Peruvians are always funny— something beyond political corruption, poverty, and Incan wonders.
Hope you enjoy!