Cisneros on Fiction:

Is that true?  My father’s character who served in WWII, but know how he talks, some of his background, my friend’s father was who this happened to…is it true?  Yes, but it didn’t happen to my father…then she “fills in the rest”

Quotes from Caramelo (how is character fleshed?):

Mis papeles!
Not in church, we were in luto…still a child’s voice…
The steel white Texas lights of summer…
Father’s English was never good
We don’t need stories, we need papers
Mother’s chaos ruled
Mother got on the phone and started to speak her English English…
Now you see.  I no lie.
You changos.  For you I serving this country?  Son of a.  Get out a.  Make me sick.