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The Flowers
 
 
Author
Dagoberto Gilb.
Publisher Grove  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.85 inches
ISBN 9780802118592
Pages/Publication Date 250/2008
Daedalus Item Code 32462
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This long-awaited novel from the author of Woodcuts of Women and Gritos gives us the world of Sonny Bravo, a sensitive and intelligent Mexican-American youth who follows his mother to the home of his new stepfather, a small apartment building full of conflicted personalities—white, black, brown, and various mixtures—known as Los Flores. As Sonny sweeps its sidewalks, he meets his neighbors and becomes ensnared in their lives: Cindy, an 18-year-old druggie who is married and bored; Nica, a cloistered Mexican girl who cares for her infant brother but who is never allowed to leave their unit. The other tenants range from Pink, an albino black man who sells old cars in front of the building, to Bud, a muscled-up construction worker who hates blacks and Mexicans, even while he's married to a Mexican-American woman. Dagoberto Gilb's novel displays a fearless vision and wit in an inspiring novel about hate, pain, and also love that transcends race, age, and time.

"Dagoberto Gilb, winner of the PEN/Hemmingway award for his 1994 short story collection The Magic of Blood, hasn't written a novel since The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña. With The Flowers, he has blazed back onto the literary scene. Once again, he earns rave reviews from critics who universally praised his ability to capture the rhythms of working-class life and speech.... Though Gilb's newest novel deals poignantly with matters of race, the Dallas Morning News expressed an opinion echoed by many other reviewers about the widespread applicability of The Flowers's themes: 'Let's hope Mr. Gilb's book isn't pegged solely as Latino literature. The issues it explores are universally relevant in our shrinking world'."—Bookmarks Magazine

 
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