American Owned Love

By: Robert BOSWELL

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An ambitious, absorbing saga of family and community relations, set in present-day New Mexico. The town of Persimmon, which lies just across the Rio Grande from the Mexican-American colony of Apura, is inhabited by such harmlessly distracted souls as 30ish Gay Schaefer and her adolescent daughter Rita; Gay's cousin Heart, a remote woman who's a recovering cancer patient; and Denny Redmon, the high-school basketball coach Gay dallies with-- and strings along-- while living apart from the husband whom she's never divorced and with whom she has frequently reunited. Apura houses more desperate and dangerous people, such as 19-year-old Rudy Salazar, a powder keg whose anger and resentment over his culture's second-class status will flame out and touch the Schaefers . Boswell creates a vivid and disturbing picture of a society tested by the pressures of assimilation, in which the proud declaration that properties and businesses are exclusively "American owned'' makes it painfully clear to the malcontent Rudy that "most of the world operated at a distance and in a language he did not know". The novel is generously plotted and noteworthy for the compassion and insight that Boswell extends to virtually all his characters. He writes exquisite and arousing sex scenes, and knows exactly how high-school kids swagger and banter. As convincing as his confused and self-conscious adults are, Boswell excels at portraying adolescents: both Enrique's efforts to Americanize himself (he adores River Phoenix and My Own Private Idaho) and Rita's passage through sexual humiliation and violence to "purity'' are presented with lucid straightforwardness and sympathetic understanding. Splendid work, from a novelist who keeps getting better and better.

Title: American Owned Love

Author Name: Robert BOSWELL

Edition: 1st Edition

ISBN Number: 0679432515

ISBN-13: 9780679432517

Location Published: NY, Alfred A Knopf Inc: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: As New

Jacket Condition: As New

Inscription: Signed by Author(s)

Type: Book

Categories: Fiction

Seller ID: ox11