DIRTY LAUNDRY: A HOMEMADE TELENOVELA
Set in the border town of El Paso, TX, 12-year-old Sandra faces up to her family’s traditional rituals. This week, Sandra must be a part of her cousin, Karla’s, quinceñera party. As preparations are underway for the 15th-birthday Mexican debutante ball and Catholic mass, Sandra runs away from confessing her own new devious customs. She sneaks away during her mother’s daily telenovela to embark on her own private soap opera…dirty laundry.
Waiting for the wash sends her into a dream world. Sitting on top of the washing machine, she discovers the hidden pleasures of the spin cycle…masturbation.
Telenovela style, Sandra’s Tias challenge Sandra’s contempt for tradition. She must confess so she can take the host at the quinceñera mass. Will she give up her dirty laundry or remain faithful to the washing machine? The family waits in anticipation while Karla tries to avoid her little cousin’s pestering questions about growing up along the border of two different countries, traditions, and cultures.
The story looks at an American girl’s sexual coming-of-age in a Mexican American family.