Spidertown by Abraham Rodriguez

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En las calles del sur de Bronx, Miguel es uno de los selectos. Tiene un Impala ’68 con interior color cereza, todo el sexo que quiera de cualquier mujer que desee y siete mil dólares guardados en su apartamento—porque a los dieciséis años es demasiado joven para sacar una tarjeta bancaria. Por delante tiene una carrera prometedora como mulo para Spider, jefe narcotraficante “que puede agarrar a un niñito de diez años y hacer de él un negociante próspero más rápido que IBM.”

En esta obra llena de realismo urbano, Abraham Rodríguez, Jr. nos destapa las vidas, los anhelos y los dolores detrás de los titulares periodísticos. Cuando Miguel se enamora de Cristalena, una muchacha con un nombre poético y la herencia moral de padres pentecostales, descubre una dulzura que no se puede comprar con los narco dólares. Pero también aprende lo peligroso que es tratar de escaparse de la telaraña de Spider. En partes un thriller, en otras una historia de amor o un cuento de hadas del Barrio, Spidertown es la más aplaudida imagen de la vida neoyorkina desde Por estas calles bravas.
 

About Abraham Rodriguez

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Abraham Rodriguez is the author of Spidertown and a collection of short stories entitled The Boy Without a Flag, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year in 1993. He is a panel member of The New York State Council on the Arts. He lives in the Bronx, New York.
 
Published October 12, 2011 by Vintage. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Undisciplined, weakly plotted first novel--about a young drug- runner who wants out--that offers the most visceral portrait of crack-curdled inner-city life since Richard Price's Clockers, and likely the most authentic ever: Rodriguez is a native of the South Bronx, which he also brought to vivid...

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An impressive first novel about a drug dealer's struggle to escape a dead-end life in the South Bronx. (Sept.)

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Amelia, Firebug's crack-addict girl friend, tries to convince Miguel that he's better than the life he leads, but he vacillates between a world in which teenagers live with their parents and one where a 16-year-old makes more money than his father.

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An impressive first novel about a drug dealer's struggle to escape a dead-end life in the South Bronx. (Sept.)

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