Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-266).
Fitting in. The jacket / Gary Soto -- The neighborhood / Mary Gordon -- The kind of light that shines on Texas / Reginald McKnight -- The body politic / Theodore Weesner -- The wrong lunch line / Nicholasa Mohr -- Jump or dive / Peter Cameron.
Family matters. from Bastard out of Carolina / Dorothy Allison -- Where is it written? / Adam Schwartz -- Summer water and Shirley / Durango Mendoza -- Judgment day / Arturo Islas -- from The floating world / Cynthia Kadohata.
Affairs of the heart. Yes, young daddy / Frank Chin -- Going to school / D'Arcy McNickle -- A spell of Kona weather / Sylvia Watanabe -- What means switch / Gish Jen.
Crisis. from This boy's life / Tobias Wolff -- Eyes and teeth / Wanda Coleman -- A bag of oranges / Spiro Athanas -- from How the García girls lost their accents / Julia Alvarez -- from Davita's harp / Chaim Potok -- Marigolds / Eugenia Collier.
A collection of short stories and novel excerpts by noted minority authors explore the triumphs and tribulations of adolescence.