South by South Bronx

South by South Bronx

Book - 2008
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“Powerful. . . . A redemptive and absorbing work.”—The New York Times Book Review, on Spidertown

“Scary, sexy, exuberant. . . . Rodriguez has seized a truth of our times . . . and given us a crackling good read.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review, on Spidertown

“Rodriguez uses the repetitiveness of life in the ghetto itself to make the tension and desperation of Spidertown achingly palpable.”—People, on Spidertown

“A joy to read! Rodriguez’s writing has never been more accomplished, more lyrical, more trenchant, or more humane. In these pages you will find marvels, but also a young man writing with the ferocity of life itself.”—Junot Díaz, on The Buddha Book

When Puerto Rican ladies’ man Alex awakes one morning to find a mysterious woman in his bed, he assumes he’s suffered another embarrassing blackout. He soon learns, however, that Ava is no one-night stand—in fact, he’s never met her before. As her story begins to unfold and her reason for appearing in his bed emerges, it is not just Alex’s life that she risks, nor her own, but the entire character of the South Bronx.

Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. was born and raised in the South Bronx. His first book, The Boy without a Flag, was a 1993 New York Times Notable Book of the Year. His novel Spidertown won a 1995 American Book Award and was optioned by Columbia Pictures. His most recent novel, The Buddha Book, was published by Picador in 2001. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.

Undistilled noir in the much-anticipated third novel from the American Book Award-winning Bronx native.

Blackwell North Amer
There is something weird going on in the South Bronx...
Monk is a writer. Only problem is, he is not writing. Late one rainy night he spots a blond white girl climbing up his fire escape. Mink is a painter. One problem is, he is not painting. Mink and Monk both storm and rage through the dry time, killing their nights together, until one day Mink finds himself alone.
There is something weird going on in the South Bronx...or is it New York?
A drug dealer from the South Bronx agrees to launder some money for a group of terrorists. Who would've thought the guy would run off with the money? Who would've thought the FBI and the CIA would come running to find it? Sanchez is the South Bronx detective they come to. He has the files, and even knows the drug dealer personally. But does he really want to help them?
All of a sudden the trail changes, from a dead drug dealer to a blond white girl who becomes the key to the missing money. With the body count rising, Sanchez has to make a decision between good and bad, between right and wrong...and there's always that part about saving your own skin...
There is something weird going on in the South Bronx...or is it America?

Publisher: New York : Akashic ; London : Turnaround [distributor], 2008
ISBN: 9781933354569
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 21 cm


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