The Gates by Chuck Wachtel

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Primo Thomas, a New York City English teacher for new immigrants, faces the second half of his life while reflecting upon his deceased parents, his Harlem childhood, his failed marriage, and his externally dependent sense of self. 15,000 first printing. Tour.
 

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Published November 17, 1994 by Viking Adult. 416 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Upon his return, he becomes aware of the bad conditions at a factory employing one of his students (who has also become his lover) and takes a stab at unionizing the shop.

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middle-aged teacher's struggles with identity are further complicated by a trip to wartorn Nicaragua.

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Through his experiences there and through his relationships with the tour guide, Angelita, a Sandinista teacher, and with one of his New York students, Carolina, a Nicaraguan emigre, Primo undergoes a series of painful and violent but ultimately hopeful changes.

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