The Music of Jimmy Ojotriste

 
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Jimmy keeps hair long to cover scars, and walks with the awkward swing of a drop-foot. The lanky, six foot musician is known on L.A.’s east side as “Ojotriste,” the mariachi with one sad eye—the legacy of a horrific accident that resulted in a beautiful but heartsick glass-eye. He has made a living since childhood with two other boys, serenading the restaurants and bars that run from Boyle Heights to the famous Mercadito.

At twenty, each boy in the trio is hungry. Jimmy is the best working guitarist on the street, but he is undocumented, disabled and living on tips. He has fallen hard for a striking, Jewish flamenca from the Valley, and he wants to find a way into her world. Ray, the violinist in Jimmy’s trio, is in denial of the cancer in his bones, and thinks music, not medicine, will keep him alive. Vic, the trio's handsome tenor, is dating a Vietnamese businesswoman, and he needs music to become money. In this gorgeous odyssey through the worlds of flamenco and mariachi, three young musicians in a half-painted low rider leave the east side and take on the city in search of love, money and a miracle.

“Romantic in the biggest sense of the word.” Goodreads Review

“Lovely novel about young mariachis finding their place in the world, soaked in a vibrant sense of place and time. Somehow captures that feeling of being twenty and seeing the world spread before you in a way I've rarely seen portrayed well.” Goodreads Review

“Wrapped in the sights and sounds of 1970s Los Angeles, vibrant and nostalgic, Hernandez explores the complex intersections of race, love, poverty and coming of age...and through it all we are serenaded by his lyrical descriptions of the life and music of the mariachi.” Tate Hurvitz, Phd. Grossmont College Literature Dept.

“Reminded me of Mambo Kings. Definitely for music lovers and romantics. Lyrical scenes - odd and memorable characters. Anyone interested in flamenco, mariachi, and Hispanic culture will be immersed. I learned of the book through "Las Comadres" a Latino lit reading group at our bookstore.” Goodreads Review

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Arturo Hernandez-Sametier, previous author of memoirs on gang life, has written a highly original, absorbing romance around Jimmy Ojotriste, the young East L.A. street musician, his enchanted glass eye, and the terminal cancer that leads his trio on a search for love and meaning across L.A.'s music scene.

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