I Want to Buy a Vowel: A Novel of Illegal Alienation

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Penguin Publishing Group, 1997 - Fiction - 231 pages
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Aside from phrases like " I want to buy a vowel," Alfredo's English is very limited. But with his new job at a restaurant, this Guatemalan immigrant is learning to speak Chinese. And when rumors of satanic activity spark hysteria in town-and the innocent Alfredo finds himself being threatened with deportation-he also begins to learn that his rich and glittering adopted country has a dark side, too. Written by the celebrated author described by The Seattle Times as "a guy who is wildly imaginative or strange or both," This book is both a touching novel of the immigrant experience-and a satire that hits the jackpot.

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User Review  - donkeytiara - LibraryThing

a look at satanism, illegal immigration and the media. a good laugh at parts. I'd read other books of his if I saw them! makes you think about touchy subjects with a smile. Read full review

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User Review  - fingerpost - LibraryThing

One of the funniest books I've ever read, but one with a good deal of substance to it as well. Eva is a little girl who learns about the mystery of God, illegal immigration, and coping with threats from an older boy (who pretends to be a Satanist to shock the town). Great writing. Read full review


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About the author (1997)

John Welter began his writing career as a newspaper copy boy, buying cigarettes for the city editor. Since then he has worked as a reporter at newspapers in the Midwest and the South and published humor sketches in The Atlantic. His first book, "Begin to Exit Here: A Novel of the Wayward Press", was widely praised and selected by "Library Journal" as a "Word of Mouth" recommendation for 1991. He lives in North Carolina, where he writes a humor column for "The Chapel Hill Herald" and is a manager for a mail-order company. He has never been a Secret Service agent, but sometimes wears dark glasses.

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