The Buddha Book by Abraham Rodriguez
A Novel

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Dinky, Jose, and Barbara are teens living in the Bronx. Dinky wants to put his father's drug dealing reputation behind him; Jose has just been dumped by his girlfriend who's moved on to the neighborhood's new drug dealer, Angel; Barbara's the smart girl who desperately wants to be noticed. Secretly, Dinky and Jose draw, write, and distribute "Buddha Book," a comic of outrageous tales based on their life in the Bronx. Things change suddenly when, in a fit of rage, Jose murders his ex. Jose wants to turn himself in. But Dinky convinces him that he's committed the perfect crime and would be in great danger if Angel were to discover the real story. The Buddha Book follows Jose as he moves toward acknowledgement of what he has done and finds a way to confess it; details Dinky's escape from the clutches of his father to begin a new life; and traces Barbara's first steps toward becoming a woman. Lyric, inspired, and darkly funny, The Buddha Book is a powerful novel that brilliantly evokes teenagers at war with themselves and with the place in which they live.

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 August 1, 2001 by Picador. 304 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This way, Jose gets the respect he wants for killing his girlfriend, and Dinky gets to give Anita her sought-after notoriety.

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Muddied by unconvincing characters and careless prose, this follow-up to Rodriguez's American Book Award–winning debut novel, Spidertown, struggles to find a new way to once again chronicle the life of Puerto Rican teenagers searching for identity in the South Bronx.

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