Justin Torres’s debut novel is coruscating, both violent and poetic, told by the youngest of three sons of a young, black Puerto Rican father and a white woman who was 14 when she gave birth to the first of them. Frankie Alvarez fits himself invisibly inside this mess of a household so that you feel the confusion, appetites, passions, and disasters of these five people as they crash together and rip apart. At first the young narrator has the point of view of a small child. He experiences himself as part of a mass of brothers, a “we.” Adolescent by the end, he knows that he is separate, and learns the devastating difference this makes. Alvarez unobtrusively and artfully serves a stunning text. B.G. © AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2011]
Trade Ed. Blackstone Audio 2011
CD ISBN 9781455119813 $19.95 Three CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781455119820 $19.95 One MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781455119844 multiple sources
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2011
CS ISBN 9781455119790 $24.95 Three cassettes
CD ISBN 9781455119806 $30.00 Three CDs
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