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Told in an open, irresistibly funny and passionate voice, this extraordinary portrait of growing up outside the dominant culture unearths the hidden cruelties in a predominantly white, working-class Boston suburb where Francisco—a.k.a. Paco, aka Frankie Gee—came of age. A crowning achievement from one of the most important American voices in the last forty years.
“Francisco Goldman, one of our most brilliant political writers, is also, miraculously, a Chekhov of the heart. This novel is wild, funny, and wrenching, as well as a profound act of retrieval and transformation.” ―Rivka Galchen
“Goldman fuses autobiography and invention to create fiction of nearly nuclear intensity….”― Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review
"The warmth and humanity of Goldman's storytelling are impossible to resist." ―Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Captivating...Goldman’s direct, intimate writing alone is worth the price of admission." ―Publishers Weekly