Dreams and Other Ailments / Suenos y otros achaques

Teresa Bevin

Winner of the Bronze Award from ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award for Translation - 2001

This engaging bilingual (English/Spanish) collection of 10 stories is an excellent medium for escaping while also learning about the Cuban experience in the United States, with its roots in Cuba. Contains an array of personal experiences centered around Latino characters. There is life and tragedy but always humor and hope.

"Bevin's short story collection works predominately from the magical realist tradition. In Dreams and Other Ailments, the narrator—a little girl—provides a descriptive panorama that mixes the living with the dead and dream with reality so that boundaries of perception become blurred. As a teacher of secondary students and designer of curriculum, I see the possibility of [this collection] in the classroom as pedgogical material for teaching middle grade and high school students to read and write. The bilingual edition of Bevin's collection could be a foundational text for extending bilingual education into secondary schools." - James C. Jupp (Austin, Texas) Independent School District, MultiCultural Review, December 2002.

"Dreams and Other Ailments will lift your spirits." —Lynne Greeley, University of Vermont

Teresa Bevin

Teresa Bevin was born in Cuba; however, because of political reasons, she emigrated to Spain in 1969 and later came to the United States in 1972. For over thirty years, Bevin has dedicated herself to the welfare and mental health of culturally diverse children and families due to a variety of reasons. She has also written extensively on the topic of childhood crises. Bevin's first work of fiction entitled "Havana Split" was published by Arte Público (University of Houston). Bevin holds two master's degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park: M.A. in Education and Human Development and M.A. in Speech Pathology. Her B.A. (Speech Pathology and Audiology) is from George Washington University, where she was a member of Sigma Delta Pi and the Romance Languages Fraternity, and her A.A. (Mental Health) is from Montgomery College. Bevin was a professor of Spanish and Mental Health at Montgomery College in Takoma Park, Maryland.