Fiction. MACHO! Has been chosen by the New York Public Library for its distinguished list of Books for the Teen Age. Victor Villasenor is the author of several works, most notably the national-bestseller RAIN OF GOLD and many screenplays, including the award-winning The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez. In his first novel, seventeen-year-old Roberto Garcia has big hopes for a future different from that of his compatriots in the highlands of Michoacan. Inspired by his thirst for a prosperous life he dreams lies beyond the border, Roberto steps onto the dangerous trail many immigrants have taken before him. "Macho! Is poetic in its devotion to realistic detail and classic spareness of style . . . At the same time, humor of a truly native sort contagiously informs the narrative. It is as if a misery and laughter were twins in Villasenor's vision of the human condition"--Los Angeles Times. "It rings true. His sentences and his characters have the smell of rich earth and honest sweat about them. His stor
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