Eldorado in East Harlem

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Arte Público Press, 1992 - Fiction - 156 pages
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Rene, all of seventeen and street-wise, is about to give up on the American Dream. Petty crimes, running drugs and ghetto adventures bring him and his gang closer to an illusory Eldorado. But soon, his daydreams of limousines, fine clothes and finer women turn into a living nightmare that threatens to end his life and the lives of those he loves.
Eldorado in East Harlem is a page-turner of a novel, full of intrigue, surprise turns of plot and memorable characters. Victor Rodriguez has captured the essence of barrio life during the early 1960's. His evocation of youthful ambition and disillusionment, along with the music and historical events that helped shape the times, provides rich texture to this tale of restless coming of age.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A clunky debut—about coming of age in East Harlem in 1960. Rodriguez's novel reminds the reader that barrio life 30 years ago was marked by poverty, unemployment, crime, and drug-addiction- -all as ... Read full review

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Set in late summer of 1960, at the outset of the decade and in the midst of the Nixon-Kennedy presidential race, Rodriguez's short first novel succeeds best at conveying a strong sense of place and ... Read full review


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