A definition is like a lasso: Whatever we fail to catch in its narrow circle escapes us. Born in the Philippines, Rocky moves to San Francisco as a teenager in the s with her mother, Milagros, and her brother, Voltaire. American pop culture sweeps her away. Rocky dyes her hair purple, talks dirty, lives with her guitar-playing boyfriend, Elvis Chang, takes their band, the Gangster of Love, to New York, experiments with drugs and sex and has a baby out of wedlock. She loves the family she has left, just as Milagros remains emotionally bound to her distant, philandering husband in Manila. The two women have more in common than either cares to admit.
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No eBook available Amazon. Hagedorn's The Dogeaters, episodic second novel seems to wander in a fog, as does the heroine who narrates most of this disjointed tale; she migrates in the s with her mother and brother to Read full review. Spirited and troubled sisters Account Options Sign in. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Get print book. Shop for Books on Google Play Browse the world's largest eBookstore and start reading today on the web, tablet, phone, or ereader. The Gangster of Love.
Jessica Tarahata Hagedorn. Houghton Mifflin , - Fiction - pages. Jessica Hagedorn's first novel, Dogeaters, was nominated for the National Book Award and hailed by Robert Stone as" the definitive novel of the encounter between the Philippines and America. Alternating between the Philippines and the United States, The Gangster of Love is the story of Rocky Rivera, who plays in a dissolute rock band with her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Elvis Chang. Rocky's spirited and deeply traditional mother, Milagros, her troubled and bedeviled brother, Voltaire, her wonderfully eccentric uncle, Marlon, and her best friend, the wildly unpredictable and enigmatic Keiko, along with other characters real and imagined, create a story that spans generations and cultures.
Together they acquire spouses, lovers, companions, children, and in-laws, making a plac. From inside the book. Contents Section 1. Section 3. Limited preview - Estella Habal Limited preview - Bibliographic information.
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The Gangster of Love
Rocky Rivera arrives in the U. 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. The Gangster of Love tells the story of the Rivera family as they make their new life in the States all the while haunted by the memory of the father and the homeland they left behind. Category: Literary Fiction. Add to Cart.
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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. Rocky has grown into a quiet young woman more comfortable with listening to music and writing in her journals of which she has several, kept under her mattress than socializing. One night, Voltaire brings home Elvis Chang, a Chinese-American guitarist, with whom Rocky falls in love and moves in with one week later. The journey begins with a side trip to Los Angeles however, where they encounter Sly and Marlon, Rocky's uncle.
THE GANGSTER OF LOVE
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