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Book review By: Raul Palma
Literary fiction

One of the great strengths of this novel, which is about many things—love, death, lust, male friendship, growing up, lost youth, lies, crime, nature—is the way young Latino manhood is portrayed so organically here, as a natural backdrop, a fact of life, rather than in a heavy-handed or didactic way. In fact, I might go so far as to say that Palma’s failure to use his characters’ cultural background as a more overt marketing tool may be part of why this novel wasn’t snatched up by corporate New York, but that in my opinion this is to the novel’s credit rather than its detriment. This is not a novel of the (make-believe) post-racial America we’ve heard so much about of late, but likewise it is not a novel of the racially obsessed 1970s-1990s America either. There is a racial/cultural ease and sophistication here that, ironically, belongs predominantly to the young, like Palma, who simply have come of age in a different era, and who juggle the multiplicity of identity without either trying too hard or breaking a sweat.

Submitted:Apr 19, 2011    Reads: 20    Comments: 0    Likes: 0   



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