The Last Cigarette On Earth by Benjamin Alire SaenzThe Last Cigarette On Earth by Benjamin Alire Saenz

The Last Cigarette On Earth

byBenjamin Alire Saenz

Paperback | September 22, 2017

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A major Latino writer's intimate but healing journey through addiction, human desire and broken love.From He Leaves a Message in the Middle of the Night" He loved beerand crack. He loved heroin, ecstasy, the sad musicof the bars. He said he loved you too. You arethinking of the night you met him. Late October night, the breeze as soft as his black eyes. He wasso hungry for trouble. You were so hungryfor anything that resembled love. Your fingertracing the tattoos on his chest, you dreamedof living in the prison of his arms. But you refusedto live in the prison of his deadly nights. Youcan't survive without the morninglight. You repeat this again and again:He's a man, not an illness. Tattoos and prison.Novels and poems. A bird can love a fish but they can'tlive in your apartment. He called again last nightand left a message that was meant to wound. He said: I want to know what you meant whenyou said I love you. You said: I love you. I meant I love you.He said: I want to know what you meant whenyou said goodbye. You said: Goodbye. I meant goodbye. You whispered his name in the dark. Benjamin Alire Saenz in 2013 won the Pen/Faulkner Award and the Lambda Award for his book Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club . His young adult novel Dante and Aristotle in Paradise was a 2013 Printz Honoree. He lives in El Paso, Texas. "
Title:The Last Cigarette On EarthFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.43 inPublished:September 22, 2017Publisher:Cinco Puntos PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1941026656

ISBN - 13:9781941026656


Editorial Reviews

An inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, The Last Cigarette on Earth is unreservedly recommended, especially for academic library Latino Poetry & Prose collections."Midwest Book Review"Saenz's lines are at their best when they expose intimacies in unexpected places. ... The Last Cigarette on Earth invites the reader to occupy spaces of contradiction, falling between love and hate, tenderness and violence, pain and pleasure."Harvard Review Online"