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It’s the minor characters and the grit of San Francisco before a gentrified Salesforce started taking Ubers all over the place. Relationships of all kinds expose their secrets then disappear again. Thank you for your interest!

Rocky’s best friend, she is an artist of mixed origins that she herself cannot clarify: Looking forward to seeing the adaptation staged at the Magic Theater in San Francisco in spring ! Jan 22, Ivan Labayne rated it did not like it Shelves: So begins a blazing coming-of-age story suffused with the tensions of immigration which finds Rocky moving from the counter-culture in s San Francisco to the extravagant music scene in Manhattan of the s.

But I’d recommend it. There are more characters that jump off the page so that i felt i might have passed them at the Serramonte mall or stood in line with them at airport security. Looking for More Great Reads? Hagedorn is also the author of Danger And Beautya collection of poetry and prose, and the editor of three anthologies: Elvis Chang in the home of Marlon Rivera.

Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Please try again later. At this time on the West Coast, Voltaire has returned to the Philippines after several stints in the hospital while Milagros, her sister and her brother-in-law have decided to pay New York City a visit, in time for Imelda Marcos’s hearing.


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Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Still other pieces are vivid aural reminders of the era — Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Janis Joplin, and Marvin Gaye — with styles ranging from rhythm and blues to rock to reggae. From the gansgter beginning, she is caught between her mother’s whimsical move to the Philippines and the father she doesn’t really know but still cares for; between Elvis and Keiko, Elvis and the band, the band and the events of daily life; eventually between Jake and Elvis; and most of all, the overwhelming “between” of jesica an Asian-American.

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Nepales 2 Ruel Hector R. Then here jwssica go, I particularly like how it dissects the diasporic experience one that I am personally now and how we see our protagonist change from one culture to another and becoming lost in the long run.

Penguin Books October 1, Language: They move to San Fransisco This book was a great read! The Gangster of Love tells the story of the Rivera family as they make their new life in the States, all haedorn while haunted by the memory of the father and the homeland they left behind. Barely just teenagers upon their arrival, the years pass as Rocky and Voltaire begin growing up, finishing school and discovering San Francisco of the s while their mother brings money into the house through several ways from flirtations with jessics different men, including Zeke, their landlord to the beginning of her catering business, Lumpia Jesdica.

This novel seems to be a cross between a coming of age story and a cultural identity story. Older Filipinos lived in the South of Market, but Daly City was a new idea, it represented a new community coming up.


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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. This book was a re-read for me. Retrieved from ” https: Voltaire falls prey to severe depression and befriends strays.

Everybody just kinda muddles around. Jul 30, Keith Perena rated it liked it. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. Mar 26, Marisa rated it liked it Shelves: We’re reading it in my Rock ‘n Roll Novel class later this semester. Among its members are Rocky’s haughty mother, who has impulsively left her father; 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 accept reality amidst the myths and lures of American success and idolatry.

An eccentric character, her relationship with Rocky remains fairly close over yagedorn years and despite her affair with Elvis, her rising fame and the birth of Venus, Rocky’s baby. Oct 29, Christopher rated it it was amazing.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Like Dogeatersthis is a great insight into Filipino culture, but on different grounds: Once in a while, she makes use of poetry to depict the life, the surroundings of her characters, for example, a description of a ride on the B Train and playwriting; there are two dream-like scenes featuring Rocky, Elvis and Jimi Hendrix.

Among its members are Rocky? May 16, Leslie rated it really liked it. Rocky Rivera arrives in the U. Hoping to collect my thoughts and review soon.