Smitten, she agrees to accompany him to Tecolutla and loses her virginity to him. At that point she becomes curious about sexual activity , including masturbation. Returning home and having no contact with each other for some days, he arrives at her home one day and proposes marriage to her; she excitedly accepts, despite her family's gentle misgivings about the union due to her age she is She mentions her family and friends' warnings that she will regret marrying a man they perceive to be an untrustworthy and sinister womaniser, a warning she fails to heed—and yet later acknowledges as a regret that came years later. Despite showing concern over certain issues, such as her husband's plans to flood a valley for an electric dam thus forcing the relocation of hundreds of impoverished farmers and villagers in the area and his shady dealings with a neighbour, an American expatriate named Mike Heiss, his constant rebukes of her intrusions in his business as a "busybody woman" keep her from forcing the issue, though these stay clearly in her consciousness. His arrest due to accusations of murder give her a taste of the true volatility and uncertainty of being a political wife, despite his release a few days later.
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She is well known for creating inspirational female characters and fictional pieces that reflect the social and political realities of Mexico in her life. Mastretta began writing as a journalist for a Mexican magazine, Siete and an afternoon newspaper, Ovaciones. She claims that her father — a journalist in his youth — inspired her to be a writer. Her father died when the writer was still very young, but this did not prevent her from following in his footsteps.
In , she received a scholarship from the Mexican Writers' Center. She attended the center and was able to work on her writing abilities along with other authors such as Juan Rulfo , Salvador Elizondo , and Francisco Monterde. Mastretta really wanted to focus on a novel that she had been thinking about for years.
She finally got her chance to work on this novel when an editor offered to sponsor Mastretta on a six-month leave of absence , allowing her to focus solely on writing. As a result, Mastretta was able to focus more on her fiction-writing passion.
The film of the same name and based upon the novel was released in September When her infant daughter unexpectedly fell ill, Mastretta sat next to her child in the hospital and began to tell stories of interesting and different women in her family who were important to her in critical moments of her life.
These stories of women who "decided their own destinies" became the inspiration for Mujeres de ojos grandes Women with Big Eyes published in The publication — autobiographical narratives based on each of the women — was intended to preserve the stories for posterity.
Mastretta has also contributed to the film industry as both an actress and a producer. In the same year she worked on the film based on her novel, Tear This Heart Out.
The film, Tear This Heart Out went on to win 6 awards and 3 nominations. This novel was Mastretta's first text translated to English, therefore her debut into the English literature scene.
The novel explores the life of Catalina Guzman, and takes place in Puebla, Mexico, the city where Mastretta was born. Mastretta uses her experiences as a little girl in Puebla to create the scene for the novel. The book takes place during, and after, the Mexican Revolution, and focuses on Catalina's difficult life married to a political figure, and philanderer, who commits murders of his enemies.
Mastretta points out the political infighting of the post-Revolution period, and patriarchal system in Mexico. Catalina's character develops into a force of resistance against machismo and sets the tone for Mastretta's future texts including strong female protagonists. Her subsequent novel, Mal de amores , in translation as Lovesick, is an extensive view of social involvement during and following the significant Revolution of Her protagonist here, like many other women, accompanies the rebels as they travel on the trains, administers to their wounds as a curandera important role in small communities, as a healer , and after the war studies in the US to become a medical doctor and returns to the city where she grew up.
This novel received the prestigious Romulo Gallegos award similar to the Pulitzer , making her the first woman in Latin America to receive the award. Published in , six years after her debut novel, Mastretta takes a similar approach to Tear This Heart Out. She sets the novel in Puebla, Mexico once again, and uses the Mexican Revolution as her temporal space. Her main character Emilia Suari, takes on the role that Mastretta is well known for characterizing, a strong independent woman. Following the trend of her past writing, Mastretta focuses on the social and political problems that are relevant to Mexico at the time.
This chapter of Puerto libre focuses on how and who writes and expresses fiction. She emphasizes the necessary characteristics that a person needs to hold in order to write fiction. A main point she develops throughout this chapter is the connection between fiction as a genre, reality, and the truth. She presents all of these concepts as thing that can be easily manipulated and constructed depending on who is behind the action.
This chapter of Puerto libre clearly states Mastretta's position as a feminist woman writer. She allows spaces, specifically the kitchen and an office space, to represent the constraints women must face due to societal norms. Mastretta highlights the freedom that writing provides women, and how feminism can only be fostered in specific environments, out of reach from societal pressures. She emphasizes the idea that feminism is something instinctive for women, and that society is what makes it difficult to further develop.
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She is well known for creating inspirational female characters and fictional pieces that reflect the social and political realities of Mexico in her life. Mastretta began writing as a journalist for a Mexican magazine, Siete and an afternoon newspaper, Ovaciones. She claims that her father — a journalist in his youth — inspired her to be a writer. Her father died when the writer was still very young, but this did not prevent her from following in his footsteps. In , she received a scholarship from the Mexican Writers' Center. She attended the center and was able to work on her writing abilities along with other authors such as Juan Rulfo , Salvador Elizondo , and Francisco Monterde.