Always Running


Luis J. Rodriguez

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Gloria (Cuca / Shorty) Character Analysis

Luis Rodriguez’s younger sister Gloria grows up in Los Angeles with Luis. As she matures, she becomes involved in gangs. During this time, she faces grave danger from rival gangs, who are trying to get revenge on Luis by attacking his sister. During her time in local gangs, she goes by Cuca and Shorty.
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Gloria (Cuca / Shorty) Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Gloria (Cuca / Shorty) appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
...years old, he was sitting in the backseat fighting with Rano. His sisters, Ana and Gloria were sitting beside him. At the same time, his parents were arguing: his mother, María,... (full context)
Chapter 5
Gangs and Crime Theme Icon
Coming of Age and Mentorship Theme Icon
Around this time, Gloria, Luis’s younger sister, has joined her own Lomas crew and begun going by the nickname... (full context)
Chapter 7
Politics, Resistance, and Activism Theme Icon
Around the same time, Shorty learns that one of her close friends, Fernando, has killed himself. Fernando, who’s only fourteen,... (full context)