The Madonnas of Echo Park Chapter 1: “Bienvenidos” Summary & Analysis

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The Madonnas of Echo Park Chapter 1: “Bienvenidos” Summary & Analysis

Chapter 1 Summary: “Bienvenidos” 

Chapter 1 is narrated from the perspective of Aurora Esperanza’s father, a Mexican immigrant and day laborer named Hector Esperanza. He opens the chapter with an account of his numerous losses in life, including his Chavez Ravine home (supplanted by the Dodger’s baseball stadium); his 18-year busboy job at an upscale restaurant called The Option; and his mistress, his wife, and his daughter, who all left him when he “ran out of excuses” (2). “What I thought I could not lose,” Hector explains, “was my place in this country. How can you lose something that never…

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