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How to Shake the Other Man
     

How to Shake the Other Man

by Derek Palacio
 

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Seven years after leaving his father’s home, Javier is growing increasingly restless as he works the streets of New York. But when he is taken in by Marcel, a boisterous, charismatic Cuban with a legion of street coffee vendors, their relationship evolves rapidly into something vital and sustaining.

Determined to keep Javi around, Marcel implores his

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Seven years after leaving his father’s home, Javier is growing increasingly restless as he works the streets of New York. But when he is taken in by Marcel, a boisterous, charismatic Cuban with a legion of street coffee vendors, their relationship evolves rapidly into something vital and sustaining.

Determined to keep Javi around, Marcel implores his younger brother, a former boxer turned trainer, to turn Javier into a fighter. Oscar eventually gives in, and pushes the flighty young man towards his debut.

But days before the match, Marcel is murdered.

Bound together by tragedy and circumstance, Javier and Oscar must decide what they owe and want from each other in Marcel’s absence. Raw and unrelenting, How to Shake the Other Man is a bruising portrait of brotherhood and the void of love lost.

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Heavy Feather Review - Pattrick Trotti
"How to Shake the Other Man is a beautiful elegy to family and brotherhood and love. Palacio’s exploration of the dichotomy between immigrant minorities trying to find, and place themselves within a cold and foreign environment and the machismo of the world of boxing and the relationship between brothers is what gives this book friction. Sparks virtually fly off the page, igniting his prose in a multitude of meanings depending on reader."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016557250
Publisher:
Nouvella
Publication date:
05/14/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
63
File size:
553 KB

Meet the Author

Derek Palacio was born in Evanston, IL, in 1982 but grew up in Greenland, NH. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the Ohio State University. His work has appeared in Puerto del Sol and The Kenyon Review, and his story “Sugarcane,” was selected for inclusion in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2013. He is the co-director, with Claire Vaye Watkins, of the Mojave School, a non-profit creative writing workshop for teenagers in rural Nevada. Currently, he lives and teaches in Lewisburg, PA, where he is completing a novel about a small Cuban family struggling to remain whole after fleeing the island as part of the 1980 Mariel Boatlift. He is also working on a collection of short stories relating to Cuba’s past, present and future.

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