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Alburquerque / Rudolfo Anaya.

Author/Creator:
Anaya, Rudolfo A.
Publication:
Albuquerque : University of New Mexico, ©1992 (2006 printing)
Format/Description:
Book
280 pages ; 23 cm
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Other Title:
Albuquerque
Subjects:
Albuquerque (N.M.) -- Fiction.
Mexican Americans -- Fiction.
Ethnic relations -- Fiction.
Boxers (Sports) -- Fiction.
Birthparents -- Fiction.
Young men -- Fiction.
Form/Genre:
Political fiction.
Bildungsromans.
Love stories.
Summary:
Chicano novelist Anaya's explosive study of political patronage and the search for ethnic roots takes its title from a New Mexican legend. In 1880, an Anglo stationmaster reportedly took the first R out of Albuquerque's name, a move that symbolized the emasculation of the Mexican way of life. Set in the present, this absorbing novel focuses on a young boxer, fair-skinned Abran Gonzales, who is shattered by the revelation that his parents adopted him. He meets his real Anglo mother, dying of cancer, on her deathbed, then sets out on a quest for his Mexican father--who, the reader quickly learns, is Abran's acquaintance, the writer/professor Ben Chavez. Unscrupulous, rich lawyer Frank Dominic becomes Abran's manager, promising that he will hire a detective to locate Abran's father and reveal his identity to the slugger during the big comeback fight of his career. Dominic, a con artist who wants to turn Albuquerque into a Venice-like tourist trap, complete with casino-lined canals, is running for mayor against Marisa Martinez, an independent maverick. Dominic acquires nude photos of Martinez in compromising positions, which threatens to derail Abran's true romance and the city's future. Anaya (Tortuga) spins a touching love story woven into a tale of treachery, a microcosm of the social and economic dislocations squeezing the American Southwest.
Penn Provenance:
Gotham Book Mart (former owner) (Gotham Book Mart Collection copy)
Penn Chronology:
2006
Contributor:
Gotham Book Mart Collection (University of Pennsylvania)
ISBN:
0826340598
9780826340597
0826313590
9780826313591
OCLC:
67767472