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Amen to Jessica Hagedorn for redeeming post-modernist American literature from stylized pretention in her novels “Dogeaters” and “Gangster of Love. This section reads hagecorn a review rather than an encyclopedic description of the subject.

Barely just teenagers upon their arrival, the years pass as Rocky and Voltaire begin growing up, finishing school and discovering San Francisco of the s while their mother brings money into the house through several ways from flirtations with several different men, including Zeke, their landlord to the beginning of her catering business, Lumpia X-Press.

It is somewhat predictable but there are so many weird characters that come in and out of Rocky’s life that it is hard to keep everyone straight. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The Hotel New Hampshire. Trivia About The Gangster of Love.

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Even with the problems I had with this book, I recommend it to others. Fernandez 1 Dorian Merina 4 Dr. Photo by Michaela Bynre. Her life without her family is completely isolated from any trace of being Asian until she must return to San Francisco for her mother. Marcus 1 Erwin R. More articles from Elaine Elinson. Chicken Adobo Understanding Sacrifice.


Apr 03, Louisa rated it really liked it. They move to San Fransisco where they mostly relay on money from they’re father and her mother’s latest interest. Good Asian infusion of American Pop Culture.

So begins a blazing coming-of-age story suffused with the tensions of immigration which finds Rocky moving from the counter-culture in s San Francisco to the extravagant music scene in Manhattan of the s.

Non linear stories must be a Philippine thing, especially for wayward women new to US.

Among its members are Rocky? Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. I would recommend this book to those who like to read inspiring stories.

He takes the music seriously in the manner of a tortured artist, becoming successful and famous all the way to appearing on MTV. Published October 1st by Penguin Books first published With her background, a Scots-Irish-French-Filipino mother and a Filipino-Spanish father with one Chinese ancestor, Hagedorn adds a unique perspective to Asian American performance and literature.

Jun 05, Maggie rated it really liked it Recommended to Maggie by: Such a great writer.

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Realuyo 1 Bishop Joel Z. Loved her describing San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York in the ’70s, the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle, the coming of age of an immigrant woman in the context of pop culture.

This may put some people off but for me it made Rocky’s character less one dimensional and much more interesting. Refresh and try again. Voltaire uagedorn in and out, detached from the world only to return and returns to the Philippines.



Mayumi Querubin 1 Gaby C. Sign up live to receive your FREE alerts. There are many others that I could not quite guess the meaning, but they are not critical to comprehending the story. Oct 29, Christopher rated it it was amazing. Glimpses of the Moon. Voltaire the protagonist’s brotherElvis her boyfriendSly band memberMilagros her motherKeiko Van Heller best friend. There’s a message in that detail that I feel I’m not quite picking up. Be the first to discover new talent! His affair with Keiko, Rocky’s miscarriage and artistic differences concerning the band led to the end of Rocky and Elvis.

This is a fast-paced novel about a Filipina growing up in the punk scene first in San Franscisco, then New York ; it is a coming of age story. At Home In The World. Ontal 1 Rene J. The engaging cultural melange is also reflected in the musical playlist that Hagedorn has created to accompany the drama.

Read more Read less. Eventually Rocky falls in love with a Chinese American named Elvis. I wanted to look at what it means to write a poem. He is a resident artist with both Crowded Fire Theater and Golden Thread Productions where he’s developed and debuted numerous roles. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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