The Dog Fighter by Marc Bojanowski
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The anonymous narrator of this remarkable debut novel is a young drifter in search of his future. The son of a passionate beauty and gentle doctor, he roams the border between the United States and Mexico, eventually settling in a sleepy Baja town on the verge of transformation. Here he learns to stand face-to-face with dogs in a makeshift ring, to fight for money and fame, and becomes involved with a powerful and corrupt entrepreneur. But when he finds friendship with a revolutionary old poet and love with a beautiful, innocent girl, everything changes. Caught between the ways of his past and the dreams of his future, he must make a devastating choice that could cost him everything.

The Dog Fighter is an exhilarating tale of brutality and violence, love and wisdom, heartbreak and redemption.


About Marc Bojanowski

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Marc Bojanowski graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received his MFA in creative writing from The New School. His writing has appeared in The Literary Review. He lives in northern California.
Published January 29, 2013 by Harper Perennial. 306 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In 1940s Mexico, men fight dogs to the death, though violence isn’t confined just to the ring.

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However, Bojanowski works his way around this to some extent by keeping the narrator from speaking to the obscure object of his desire until the very end of the book.

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