Latin Moon in Manhattan

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Exuberant and colorful, Latin Moon in Manhattan paints a vivid portrait of New York City as the land of El Dorado for today's Latino immigrants. From Little Columbia in Queens to the street life of Times Square, this brilliant novel is crowded with an extraordinary cast of characters: Hot Sauce, a midget hooker; Simon Bolivar, a parrot who croons Julio Iglesias songs; the Urrutias, a family rich from cocaine smuggling; Santiago Martinez, a loner and would-be poet whose ancient ...

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Latin Moon in Manhattan: A Novel

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Overview

Exuberant and colorful, Latin Moon in Manhattan paints a vivid portrait of New York City as the land of El Dorado for today's Latino immigrants. From Little Columbia in Queens to the street life of Times Square, this brilliant novel is crowded with an extraordinary cast of characters: Hot Sauce, a midget hooker; Simon Bolivar, a parrot who croons Julio Iglesias songs; the Urrutias, a family rich from cocaine smuggling; Santiago Martinez, a loner and would-be poet whose ancient cat, Mr. O'Donnell, is slowly dying of an enlarged heart.

Exploding with a profusion of plots and sub-plots involving drug smuggling, romance, and the literacy politics of Queens, Latin Moon in Manhattan is a rich and charming work.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Manrique, the narrator and protagonist of this debut novel is a Colombian poet transplanted to New York City. Santiago Martinez has come from Bogota 18 years ago, ``from one cocaine capital to another.'' Santiago struggles--with his overprotective mother, who refuses to accept that he is gay; with his nephew, Gene, who wants to be Marlon Brando but works as a messenger for coke dealers; with his cat, Mr. O'Donnell, who is dying; and, fundamentally, with his epic poem on the life of Christopher Columbus. From such highly colored material Manrique fashions this often hilarous and sometimes touching entertainment around the theme of letting go of inhibitions and preconceptions. He casts a knowing eye on the habitu al homesickness of emigres, recording their efforts to recreate their homelands. wherever they settle. The result is a surprisingly sweet work, appealing in its warmth and elegant in its language. (Feb.)
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"A picaresque tale about a gay Columbian immigrant's adventures among hookers, self-made millionaires, narcotics traffickers, and elderly book mavens."—The New York Times

"Manrique catches the East Coast Colombian Americans as deftly as Amy Tan portrays the Chinese Americans of the West. But Manrique is a giddier writer than Tan; he waltzes between the zany, the melancholy, and the not quite surreal."—The Village Voice

"[Manrique's] is an exuberant voice—both entertaining and enriching. Latin Moon in Manhattan captures the urban rhythms and the diversity of the Latin world of New York."—Oscar Hijuelos

"An off-the-wall, wacky novel full of strange characters and bizarre incidents . . . picaresque and rambunctiously funny."—Los Angeles Times

"It is rare to find a novel these days so deeply amusing, touching, honest, and entertaining."—Phillip Lopate

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299187545
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2003
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,026,297
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaime Manrique is the author of the memoir Eminent Maricones: Arenas, Lorca, Puig, and Me, also published by the University of Wisconsin Press, the novels Twilight at the Equator and Colombian Gold, and two poetry collections, My Night with Federico García Lorca and Tarzan, My Body, Christopher Columbus. He is cotranslator, with Joan Larkin, of Sor Juana’s Love Poems. He lives in New York City and is an associate professor in the MFA program at Columbia University.

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