What It Takes to Get to Vegas

What It Takes to Get to Vegas

by Yxta Maya Murray
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What It Takes to Get to Vegas by Yxta Maya Murray

Yxta Maya Murray has been described as a writer "with an insider's eye, eloquently capturing the struggles of being poor and Mexican-American in Los Angeles" by the Chicago Tribune. Now, from the author of Locas comes this arresting novel of desire and ambition set among the gyms and street fights of East L. A.'s boxing hopefuls. Growing up, Rita Zapata knows her destiny is not to be a good girl. In a neighborhood whose heroes are made under the bright lights of the boxing ring, Rita attaches herself to the circle of wanna-be fighters in hopes that she'll meet her ticket to something better. At eighteen, she's earned the title "Queen of the Street Fighters." Then she meets Billy, an enigmatic, driven boxer from Mexico who begins systematically clawing his way to the top of the fighting heap. Their passionate connection gives Rita two things she's never had: a love that will last and respect in the neighborhood. From the alleys off Cesar Chavez Avenue to the carpeted suites of Caesars Palace, Rita learns exactly what it takes to get to Vegas, as Billy turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to her - and the worst. In exuberant prose, Yxta Maya Murray - an author described by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "fierce and persuasive" - gives us a trash-talking, bighearted heroine with a story we will not soon forget.

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ISBN-13: 9780802116420
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.58(h) x 1.05(d)

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What It Takes to Get to Vegas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you think so much about the real things in this world. I knowing what it is to live in a place in East L.A knows that these things in life really do happen. This story shows how a girl can make and manage her mistakes. But no matter what she stays strong and does what she thinks is right. This book talks about everything which is what I look for a lot in a story. I just completely felt in love with it and just couldn't stop reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a very true to life story of a woman who feels she must bed the best to come out on top, she goes after the bext boxers in town and when she finally meets billy everything changes for the better (and worse).
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has been bubbling up in my head for days! I will simply add to what has already been said. Rita is reality, people. First, the story itself is fantastic! But the added joy of reading a novel that simply does not enter in one eye and exit out the other is largely a result of the high level of writing. This writer is putting out some powerful imagery, that blends and blurs issues of race, class, gender, and culture just to name a few. I take issue that the author is simply adding stereotypical latinos from East LA. In the story numerous characters are not gang-bangers. In fact, Rita's sister is totally opposite from her, unlike Rita she is strong and a real leader. If anything, Ms. Murray's legal background is precisely why she is able to fashion a novel of such complexity and depth. Initially I was intrigued with Rita, later I hated her and in the end I cared for her because I was challenged by her condition to ask...why?