The Bonjour Gene: A Novel

Paperback | August 15, 2013

byJ. A. MarzánIntroduction byDavid Huddle

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Approaching midlife, after rising to comfortable suburban life, Edgar Bonjour becomes involved with a drug-trafficking Puerto Rican motorcycle gang from his old neighborhood and is brought down by an affair with a woman in the gang. News of his murder leads to introspection among other members of the Puerto Rican Bonjour clan, all descended from three now nameless French brothers remembered only by their surname. Though extended generations of the Bonjours dispersed, some settling in New York, they remain connected by the shared lore of their ancestry, that starting with the three original Bonjour brothers—all rampant adulterers—every descendent Bonjour male carries a reckless, womanizing gene.
            Interconnected like the Bonjour family itself, this novel is a tale of unpredictable and unforgettable characters that transports readers to a plane where ethnicity becomes universality.

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Approaching midlife, after rising to comfortable suburban life, Edgar Bonjour becomes involved with a drug-trafficking Puerto Rican motorcycle gang from his old neighborhood and is brought down by an affair with a woman in the gang. News of his murder leads to introspection among other members of the Puerto Rican Bonjour clan, all desc...

J. A. Marzán is a poet, fiction writer, and author of the landmark The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos Williams. His fiction has appeared in journals including The Kenyon Review and the anthologies Current from the Dancing River and Iguana Dreams: New Latino Fiction. A former poet laureate of Queens, New York, he has published...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:184 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:August 15, 2013Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299204146

ISBN - 13:9780299204143

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Narrative Structure and Family Complication:
An Introduction to J. A. Marzán’s The Bonjour Gene,
by David Huddle
Prologue
B-Movie
The Bonjour Gene
Tying the Knot
What We Should Know about the Climb to Heaven
Unforgettable Tangos, Indelible Pagodas
Cappuccino
Zaxxon
The Ride
PC
The Duck
The Flowering of Isabel
The Inheritance

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“In The Bonjour Gene, poet and word man Julio Marzán displays the kind of wit and intellectual verve rarely seen in contemporary literature.With every well-crafted line and insight (about the mercurial nature of family life and identity) accumulating to wonderful effect, this is a book that will surely entertain and enlighten its readers.”—Oscar Hijuelos, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love