Dagoberto Gilb The Flowers

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Sonny Bravo is a tender, unusually smart fifteen-year-old who is living with his vivacious mother in a large city where intense prejudice is not just white against black, but also brown. When Sonny’s mother, Silvia, suddenly marries an Okie building contractor named Cloyd Longpre, they are uprooted to a small apartment building, Los Flores. As Sonny sweeps its sidewalks, he meets his neighbors and becomes ensnared in their lives: Cindy, an eighteen-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, in arguably his most powerful work yet, has written an inspiring novel about hate, pain, anger, and love that transcends age, race, and time. Gilb’s novel displays the fearlessness and wit that have helped make him one of this country’s most authentic and original voices.

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"Dagoberto Gilb has written a brilliant novel that vibrates with the psychic underpinnings of the contemporary Latino experience in Los Angeles. He captures the fluid literacy of fifteen-year-old Sonny Bravo, whose untutored intelligence sparkles with the raw poetic power of the streets. As a Chicano novelist, Dagoberto ventures into the nether world of anapartment house--where the social intercourse between the working class, immigrant, criminal, black, white and brown tenants of Los Flores is unrelentingly secretive and full of longing--and creates a new kind of literature out of the barrio English of his protagonist. His achievement is a stunning portrait of a crackling bilingual universe where life and `death hums through the wires' above the streets. It is a totally original work of American literature."--Luis Valdez

"Dagoberto Gilb is one of the most powerful writers of his generation, and The Flowers is perhaps his best book. It's not to be missed." --Larry McMurtry

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DAGOBERTO GILB is the author of Gritos, Woodcuts of Women, The Magic of Blood, and The Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuña, and the editor of Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas Mexican Literature. His essays and fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Best American Essays. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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