Las Cucarachas by Yongsoo Park

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Life hits rock bottom for 12-year-old Peter Kim when his family’s apartment gets burglarized and he loses his most-prized possession, an Apple computer. Las Cucarachas documents the most important 48 hours of a young urban boy’s life.

”Park has created an Asian Candide, satirizing political and national fanaticism.” —from Ten Magazine review of Boy Genius

Yongsoo Park is a novelist, filmmaker and playwright. His debut novel Boy Genius was recognized as a Notable Title for the 2002 Kiriyama Book Prize and as a finalist for the 2003 Asian American Literary Awards. A former Van Lier Fellowship winner at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Harlem with his wife.

 

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Yongsoo Park is a novelist, filmmaker and playwright. His debut novel BOY GENIUS was recognized as a Notable Title for the 2002 Kiriyama Book Prize and as a finalist for the 2003 Asian American Literary Awards. A former Van Lier Fellowship winner at the Asian American Writers' Workshop, Park was born in South Korea and now lives in Harlem with his wife.
 
Published January 1, 2004 by Akashic Books. 186 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In his second novel (after Boy Genius ), Park focuses on Peter's two-day search for the thief, using his quest to paint a painfully honest and often wickedly funny portrait of a young boy growing up in a crumbling, multi-ethnic New York City housing project in the 1980s.

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