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Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest News Network

There are more than 37 million native Spanish speakers in the U.S. today. For businesses and service providers, that’s 37 million people who might prefer speaking Spanish. That has led to higher pay for bilingual employees and higher demand for language classes around the country.

As the oldest daughter of farm workers who came to the Yakima Valley from Mexico, Arlette Rodriguez is used to helping her parents navigate the English speaking world.

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A 30-year-old novel has just been translated to English but keeps its Spanish name, "Muerte En Una Estrella." The author is Sergio Elizondo, and the translators are Rosaura Sanchez and Beatrice Pita. Our reviewer Alan Cheuse says it crackles.