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"I mean, it''s not as if I want a father. I have a
father. It''s just that I don''t know who he is or where he is. But
I have one."
Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove don''t appear to have much in
common. Ram lives in the Mexican-American working-class barrio of
El Paso called "Dizzy Land." His brother is sinking into a world of
drugs, wreaking havoc in their household. Jake is a rich West Side
white boy who has developed a problem managing his anger. An only
child, he is a misfit in his mother''s shallow and materialistic
world. But Ram and Jake do have one thing in common: They are lost
boys who have never met their fathers. This sad fact has left both
of them undeniably scarred and obsessed with the men who abandoned
them. As Jake and Ram overcome their suspicions of each other, they
begin to move away from their loner existences and realize that
they are capable of reaching out beyond their wounds and the
neighborhoods that they grew up in. Their friendship becomes a
healing in a world of hurt.
San Antonio Express-News wrote, "Benjamin Alire Sáenz
exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture,
and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted