Dogfight A Love Story

ISBN-10: 0385532989

ISBN-13: 9780385532983

Edition: 2010

Authors: Matt Burgess
List price: $27.95
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Description: What Jonathan Lethem did for Brooklyn, Matt Burgess does for Queens in this exuberant and brilliant debut novel about a young drug dealer having a very bad weekend. Alfredo Batista has some worries. Okay, a lot of worries. His older brother, Jose-sorry, Tariq-is returning from a stretch in prison after an unsuccessful robbery, a burglary that Alfredo was supposed to be part of. So now everyone thinks Alfredo snitched on his brother, which may have something to do with the fact that Alfredo is now dating Tariqrs"s ex-girlfriend, Isabel, who is eight months pregnant. Tariqrs"s violent streak is probably #1 worry on Alfredors"s list. Also, he needs to steal a pit bull. For the homecoming dogfight. Burgess brings to life the rich and vivid milieu of his hometown native Queens in all its glorious variety. Here is the real New York, a place where Pakistanis, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, An shy;glos, African Americans, and West Indians scrap and mingle and love. But the real star here is Burgessrs"s incredible ear for language-the voices of his characters leap off the page in riotous, spot-on dialogue. The outer boroughs have their own language, where a polite greeting is fraught with menace, and an insult can be the expression of the most tender love. With a story as intricately plotted as a Shakespearean comedy-or revenge tragedy, for that matter-and an electrically col shy;loquial prose style,Dogfight, a Love Storyestablishes Matt Burgess as an exuberant new voice in contemporary literature. The great Queens novel has arrived.

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List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/21/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188

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