Skin Deep

Skin Deep

by Guy Garcia
     
 

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The narrator of Skin Deep is David Loya, a second generation Chicano from the East L.A. barrio. With a degree from Harvard Law School he is a rising star in a major New York law firm. He returns to L.A. in response to an urgent request from a Harvard friend to find a missing illegal Mexican named Josefina Juarez. David's search for Juarez takes him deep

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The narrator of Skin Deep is David Loya, a second generation Chicano from the East L.A. barrio. With a degree from Harvard Law School he is a rising star in a major New York law firm. He returns to L.A. in response to an urgent request from a Harvard friend to find a missing illegal Mexican named Josefina Juarez. David's search for Juarez takes him deep into the barrio where the mystery of her fate upends his world and forces him to confront long-buried questions about family, love, friendship, and his own identity. Skin Deep is a novel about coming of age in the new America, a place in which races and cultures have not so much melded as collided and in which no identity is secure. Garcia chronicles this new urban landscape with acuity and informed sympathy.

Editorial Reviews

Muriel Spanier
The Mexican-American experience in Skin Deep is made visceral and real. . . . David, too, is beautifully evoked, authentic, never skin-deep.
New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The title of this splendid first novel refers to a truth that Harvard law-grad David Loya (born and bred in the L.A. barrio) must learn before he ``closes the circle of his past.'' Ostensibly, however, this novel is about a mystery that David is asked to help solve, namely, the whereabouts of a Mexican woman, the maid of his best friend's father. The father is running for re-election to the state senate, and the pretty, illegal immigrantDavid is toldhas stolen all the strategy papers for the senator's campaign. To search for the maid, David must return to a barrio far deadlier than the one he thought he knew. What ensues is well-paced, often poignant and thoroughly engaging. (Jan . )
Library Journal
In Skin Deep, second-generation Chicano David Loya returns to the Los Angeles barrio after having risen to New York City's social stratosphere via his success as a corporate lawyer. A graduate of Harvard, Loya finds great material success by age 30. Then a call for help from a college friend takes him back to his old L.A. stomping grounds. At this point Garcia seems unsure of his purpose, and the book falls apart. As a novel of discovery, it fails because the development of Loya's character is marred by gaps and inconsistencies. As a thriller it fails because it lacks excitement and sustained action. Yet as a first novel is succeeds, for it shows Garcia to be a writer with potential despite the rough edges. Martin J. Hudacs, Towanda H.S., Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520208360
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Series:
California Fiction Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
196
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

Meet the Author


Guy Garcia was born in Los Angeles and attended the University of California at Berkeley. The author of the novel Obsidian Sky, he is a contributor to the fiction anthologies Iguana Dreams and Pieces of the Heart, and lives in New York City.

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