Edgewater Angels by Sandro Meallet
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Set in the projects of Los Angeles, California, Edgewater Angels chronicles the adolescence of Sunny Toomer, a streetwise young man endlessly sandwiched between the right and wrong thing to do. In a neighborhood where an absentminded stare might be mistaken for a silent challenge for turf, and asking someone if they have a problem may cost you your life, Sunny ekes out survival amidst an incomparable cast of characters, including a husbandless mother, violence-prone uncles, and a cadre of strangely endearing men either headed for jail or out on parole. Written in original riff-like prose, Meallet gives us a unique story that is serious yet playful, daring in aim, and absolutely captivating.


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About Sandro Meallet

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SANDRO MEALLET grew up in the projects of San Pedro, California, attended the University of California, Santa Cruz, on a basketball scholarship, and earned an MFA from The New School for Social Research and an MFA from Johns Hopkins University. He lives in California.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Toomer, the precocious narrator of this likable first novel, is a young adolescent in the San Pedro section of L.A., where gang violence is a given, absentee fathers are preferred to the live-in ki

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Like Denis Johnson in his similarly fractured and linguistically idiosyncratic novel ''Jesus' Son,'' Meallet takes the most ominous event as an opportunity for black comedy, and finds true manhood in the least macho of behaviors.

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Toomer, the precocious narrator of this likable first novel, is a young adolescent in the San Pedro section of L.A., where gang violence is a given, absentee fathers are preferred to the live-in kind who get "so so mad" and futures are bleak.

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Angels is as episodic as a short-story anthology, though themes of sudden violence, irresponsible or dangerous father figures, and coming-of-age tribulations run throughout the book.

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