Dogfight, A Love Story

Dogfight, A Love Story

by Matt Burgess
3.4 13

Paperback

$10.91 $15.95 Save 32% Current price is $10.91, Original price is $15.95. You Save 32%.
View All Available Formats & Editions
Eligible for FREE SHIPPING
  • Get it by Friday, October 20 ,  Order by 12:00 PM Eastern and choose Expedited Delivery during checkout.
    Same Day delivery in Manhattan. 
    Details

Overview

Dogfight, A Love Story by Matt Burgess

What Jonathan Lethem did for Brooklyn, Matt Burgess does for Queens in this exuberant and brilliant debut novel about a young drug dealer having a very bad weekend.

Alfredo Batista has some worries. Okay, a lot of worries. His older brother, Jose—sorry, Tariq—is returning from a stretch in prison after an unsuccessful robbery, a burglary that Alfredo was supposed to be part of. So now everyone thinks Alfredo snitched on his brother, which may have something to do with the fact that Alfredo is now dating Tariq’s ex-girlfriend, Isabel, who is eight months pregnant. Tariq’s violent streak is probably #1 worry on Alfredo’s list.

Also, he needs to steal a pit bull. For the homecoming dogfight.

Burgess brings to life the rich and vivid milieu of his hometown native Queens in all its glorious variety. Here is the real New York, a place where Pakistanis, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, An ­glos, African Americans, and West Indians scrap and mingle and love. But the real star here is Burgess’s incredible ear for language—the voices of his characters leap off the page in riotous, spot-on dialogue. The outer boroughs have their own language, where a polite greeting is fraught with menace, and an insult can be the expression of the most tender love.

With a story as intricately plotted as a Shakespearean comedy—or revenge tragedy, for that matter—and an electrically colloquial prose style, Dogfight, a Love Story establishes Matt Burgess as an exuberant new voice in contemporary literature. The great Queens novel has arrived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307476432
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 727,944
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

MATT BURGESS, a twenty-seven-year-old graduate of Dartmouth and the University of Minnesota’s MFA pro­gram, grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Dogfight, A Love Story 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun read. The story is interesting and suspenseful with interesting characters. It is reminiscient of "Clockers" but with a little less mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It snowed today it was awsome in homewood its about 1or 2 in ps.. This was a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Duchess howls.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So the boy that was going to ask the girl out so i am single.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halik: Good morning! Say, who likes Taylor Swift?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was going to ask a girl out but she has a boyfriend