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The Gangster of Love (Paperback)

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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0140159703
ISBN-13: 9780140159707
Sku: 30015279
Publish Date: 10/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5L x 0.75T
Pages:  288
Age Range:  22 to UP
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Jimi Hendrix died the year the ship that brought us from Manila docked in San Francisco. (from the first line)
An elegant and smart novel by the author of "Dogeaters" which captures the pain of leaving one country behind and the struggle to adapt to a new one, "The Gangster of Love" tells the story of the Rivera family from the Philippines, who have come to the United States to make a new life.
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THE GANGSTER OF LOVE tells the story of the Rivera family as they make their new life in the States--all the while haunted by the memory of the father and the homeland they left behind. Among its members are Rocky's haughty mother, Milagros, who has impulsively left her husband; Voltaire, her brother, prone to heavy depression and odd friendships with strangers; and Rocky herself, unsure about sex and worshipful of her boyfriend--the guitar-playing Elvis Chang--who must learn to find reality amidst the myths and lures of American success and idolatry.An elegant and smart novel by the author of "Dogeaters" which captures the pain of leaving one country behind and the struggle to adapt to a new one, "The Gangster of Love" tells the story of the Rivera family from the Philippines, who have come to the United States to make a new life.Chronicles the life and times of Rocky Rivera, a member of a dissolute rock band, and her sometimes boyfriend Elvis Chang, traditional mother, troubled brother, eccentric uncle, and unpredictable best friend.
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Rocky Rivera plays in a rock band with her boyfriend, Elvis Chang. Her story spans generations and cultures, and includes such characters as her traditional mother, Milagros, her bedeviled brother, Voltaire, her eccentric uncle Marlon, and her best friend, the enigmatic Keiko.

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Kirkus Reviews
"A diffuse, sometimes frustrating, narrative of a young woman's coming of age in a strange land, with some compelling...scenes of cross-cultural misunderstanding." 06/15/1996

Boston Book Review
"The book is a patchwork of memories, dreams, drug trips, and song lyrics loosely held together by Rocky's narration, occasionally interrupted by Elvis or another character....Luckily, the characters and their actions remain interesting, and there is something to be learned from the bravery, recklessness, and undercurrent warmth that radiates from nearly every page....[T]hese characters stay stubbornly in mind, and one hopes they will appear in Hagedorn's work again." - Alex Chisholm September 1996

New York Times Book Review
"Among the strengths of Ms. Hagedorn's work is the jaunty ease with which it blends ethnic and pop culture, religion, and politics, to form a variegated backdrop that impinges, gently but relentlessly, upon her characters' lives....[This novel] wears its multiculturalism lightly. It asks serious questions about family, exile, identity, about the problems of learning to operate in another language....Yet it never takes itself too seriously, never preaches or moralizes....While reading, we may feel occasionally exhausted by the book's manic drive, its refusal to pause long enough for us to catch our breath. But when we finish, we find it has worked on us in complex and mysterious ways: somehow we have formed an extremely clear picture of characters we have come to care about deeply." - Francine Prose 09/15/1996

New York Times
"Like the critically acclaimed 'Dogeaters' and her numerous plays and poems, her second novel, 'The Gangster of Love', is a cornucopia of eccentric characters full of drama, bravado and sass. In the world of 'The Gangster', colonizer and colonized collide, and Americans of different shades and sensibilities bump into each other, not always pleasantly. And the spirits of Ms. Hagedorn's fellow eclecticists--Jimi Hendrix, Frida Kahlo, Sly Stone--roam through the novel....'The Gangster' is perhaps her most somber work, though it is still laced with her signature high drama and humor." - Somini Sengupta 12/04/1996

Product Attributes
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   18
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0288
Product attributePublisher:   Penguin Books
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