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AQUABOOGIE, a Novel in Stories.

Straight, Susan.

ISBN 10: 091594359X / ISBN 13: 9780915943593
Published by Minneapo;is: Milkweed Publications, 1990., 1990
Soft cover
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SIGNED first edition - First printing, a trade paperback, not issued in hardcover. Author's first book and winner of the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. SIGNED on the title page. Just about fine in glossy illustrated wrappers. Bookseller Inventory # 25637

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Title: AQUABOOGIE, a Novel in Stories.

Publisher: Minneapo;is: Milkweed Publications, 1990.

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Straight writes with tenderness and insight about the lives of people from the Westside, a black neighborhood in a large southern California city--but it isn't the California everyone knows or thinks they know.

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An astute, bracing debut short-fiction collection by a white woman residing in a largely black neighborhood in Riverside, Calif., this sings of the brief happy moments and ever-looming tragedies and defeats in the lives of discretely voiced blacks chorusing here in dialect. Aspiring artist Nacho scrubs the scuzzy hallways and bathrooms of the University of Massachusetts so he can take art courses for free; before he departs for home, he spreads puddles of tenacious paint to retaliate for insults of white co-workers. Back in Rio Seco, a disoriented Nacho is teased for his "sissy hands" by his gardener father and cousin, and he helps relocate to seniors housing an aunt, whose home is being torn down against her will to make room for office buildings. Nine-year-old Demone's brother Max smoked up all the crack he was supposed to sell; now he puffs on a Super Kool, a cigarette dipped in embalming fluid, and escapes the drug pushers by jumping to his death in the path of a train. Donnie's basketball talent trickles out and his marriage becomes violent; Esther, a homebody who's a whiz at braiding hair and baking quiche, is challenged by her husband's latest girlfriend, an executive secretary: "Esther's husband Joe loved him some cars. And this woman driving past loved her some Joe."
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