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Chulito by Charles Rice-González
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Jan 03, 12

Read from November 16 to December 31, 2011

A refereshingly romantic tale of coming of age and coming out in the South Bronx. Rice-Gonzalez' gift for dialog and his intuitive and direct prose style drop the reader effortlessly into the world of the book and the mind of its protagonist. And though the citizens of this world are recognizable, the author gives them such dimenion they're never predictable--making for a much more satisfying read. In fact, any or all of the other characters here could have had a book written about them but their stories and lives added together forges them into a much more formidable character -- the neighborhood. All the proceedings are swept up in the undercurrent of first love. This infuses everything with hope and visual poetry and downright excitement. What an expected pleasure to find a book that actually goes there without getting tripped up in sentiment, messages or good intentions.
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