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Luis UrreaAlong with narrative drama, [Black] offers analysis. It's not dry, however. And his emphasis on Puerto Rican brothers is eye-opening…Black relies on oral history. Swaths of his book are given over to dialogue he often presents in script form. And I applaud his choice to allow the men to express themselves: Often they are not offering Latino wisdom or astounding tales, but quotidian details of a hardscrabble life. We hear voices we don't normally hear, and the book is filled with the poetry of the street.
—The Washington Post