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Butler, Robert Olen

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ISBN 10: 067167093X / ISBN 13: 9780671670931
Published by Simon & Schuster, New York, 1989
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Very Good in a Very Good dust jacket. Tiny remainder dot. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 36440

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster, New York

Publication Date: 1989

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: First Edition; First Printing.

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Caught between the two cultures he embodies, an American teenager--the illegitimate child of an American soldier and a Vietnamese prostitute--runs away to New York where a variety of experiences enable him to come to terms with his dual heritage

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Somewhere inside this terribly overwritten novel about a runaway Vietnamese-American adolescent is an affecting sketch struggling to breathe free. Tony Hatcher (born Vo Dihn Thanh) lives in New Jersey with his emotionally distant self-absorbed ex-GI father, and is torn between his rootless present and memories of a boyhood in Saigon where his mother, a prostitute, abandoned him. Running away from home at 16, Tony winds up in New York City, fending for himself in a nightmarish world of crime, drugs, whores and panhandlers. He becomes friends with an alcoholic Vietnam War vet, but a knife-wielding, smooth-talking hustler spells trouble. When Tony's father plasters Port Authority bus terminal with missing-person posters, we know some form of confrontation is in store, but the prolix first-person voice that Butler ( The Alleys of Eden ) assigns to narrator Tony fails to build momentum and never fully convinces.
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