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Alison Lurie
"Rafaelito Sy writes about a world of loyal friendship, disloyal love, and racial tension and obsession with unusual honesty, intensity, and style."
Pulitzer Prize winning author of FOREIGN AFFAIRS and FAMILIAR SPIRITS
Dave Benbow
"POTATO QUEEN is a wonderfully lyrical tale filled with detailed imagery and spot-on glimpses of realistic relationships. Throughout, there is a palpable, yet optimistic, longing for love. As I read it, I kept thinking, "That has happened to me!" (I also was thinking "Men are dogs," but that’s another story for another time, or for my therapist). POTATO QUEEN is, quite simply, enjoyable and honest from cover to cover."
Lamar Herrin
"POTATO QUEEN is a novel about East and West, immigration, homecoming and homeleaving, an odyssey in quest of the true sexual self. But most of all, in a world of canned culture and programmed tastes, it is novel about keeping the imagination alive, an accomplishment all readers can celebrate thanks to this remarkable debut by Rafaelito Sy."
"Very funny! It's what Desperate Housewives would be if it were set in The Castro."
William Jack Sibley
"Rafaelito Sy confidently and effectively severs the hinges on Asian stereotypes, sexual confessions and cultural platitudes. A rich, compelling and incisive story."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781928662068
  • Publisher: Palari Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Pages: 267
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2005

    Potato Queen is Great.

    I'm not much of a book reader, but when I picked up Potato Queen, I couldn't put it down. Sy writes with such vivid imagery and creates such compelling characters that I was instantly sucked into the world he creates. The book has humor, too. It brought back a lot of memories. Mark Greenbaum FIVE STARS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2005

    An Asian American author at his best!

    This book had me journey through a trip that made me think, reflect, and smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Potato Queen is an Inspiring Triumph

    Rafaelito Sy masterfully captures the heart of a man in search of love and his own identity. From his beginnings in the Phillipines to his adopted home in San Francisco, the main character, Juancho, is vividly portrayed by the author. The insight into Juancho's soul and those of the people that come and go in his life is inspiring, moving and entertaining. Sy skillfully bridges cultural gaps and reels us into a world plagued by stereotypes and assumptions, shattering preconception and revealing the truth as we accompany Juancho in his search. This entertaining first novel looks to be the initial triumph for this inspiring writer. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2005

    Race and Romance in the Gay Community

    I found Potato Queen to be a poignant Asian-American story about class, immigration, and racial identity in the gay community. The relationships between Asians (mostly Filipinos) and Caucasians represent the struggle that people of color have in order to assimilate into a community that prides itself for its unity. Yes, the characters are sad - racial segregation and objectification are hardly any cause to be happy - but more than that, they are hopeful and loving. Through lush details and lyrical prose, I felt the author powerfully conveyed strong and complex emotions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005


    'Very funny! It's what Desperate Housewives would be if it were set in The Castro.' RuPaul

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