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When Emmanuel Hernandez turned eighteen, he left behind the desperately poor Rio Grande Valley with one goal in mind: become a professional soccer player. He stumbled a few times, but found plenty of adventure along the way as he and his best friend Hector traveled across Texas and the West Coast.

Still, what happened on the field isn’t even half the story. Beyond goals and
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Published June 1st 2017 by Elliott Turner
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Resh (The Book Satchel)
When Emmanuel Hernandez (Manny) turned eighteen, he left with one dream in mind, to become a professional soccer player. His dreams are shattered when he realizes he is not a documented American. With love for the sport in mind, Manny tries to overcome the hurdles in his way. The novel traces his life as a young man to a loving father and shifts back and forth in what made him the man that he is today.

The novel has an interesting writing style. It is divided into four parts and each part is
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Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Good book! Full review coming sometime in January.

he Night Of The Virgin is a solid debut for Elliott Turner. It may not resonate with readers across the board, but for a number of us, the authenticity of the language and experiences on the page will ring true and we will often recognize, on these very pages, aspects of ourselves or people we know . That alone makes it a worthwhile experience.

For the in-depth review, visit my blog: Read Diverse Books
Rob
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This new book is reviewed for The Two Unfortunates soccer blog here.
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
DNFed at 50 pages. Bad writing, un-engaging characters. Reads like when someone tries way too hard to come off as a good writer.
Sage Webb
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turner has offered a debut novel that takes readers to interesting cultural, sporting, geographical, and psychological places. He explores questions of family, faith, friendship, sexuality, life goals and meaning, immigration, poverty, and personal identity. At times, the prose left me feeling less connection to the story and characters than I would have liked, but overall, I enjoyed the read and the journey. The book carries a very strong sense of place, whether the tale's unfolding in ...more
Michelle Lancaster
LITERARY FICTION/SPORTS
Elliott Turner
The Night of the Virgin: A Novel
Round Ball Media
Paperback, 978-0-6927-8103-6, (also available as an e-book), 298 pgs., $15.97
June 1, 2017

Emmanuel “Manny” Hernandez grew up in Brownsville, Texas, loving books—his mother dropped him off at the library during summers to avoid running expensive air conditioning—and soccer. Manny longs to escape South Texas but is constrained by his undocumented status—he’s a Dreamer, brought to Texas by his mother when he was a
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Elliott Turner’s debut novel The Night of the Virgin was an Int'l Latino Book Awards Finalist. His fiction has appeared in Azahares (Spanish), Apogee Journal, Barren Magazine, Vol. 1: Brooklyn, & countless others.