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The Republic of East La

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The Republic of East La


By Luis J. Rodriguez

Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060936860, 256pp.

Publication Date: March 4, 2003


From the award-winning author of Always Running comes a brilliant collection of short stories about life in East Los Angeles. Whether hilariously capturing the voice of a philosophizing limo driver whose dream is to make the most of his rap-metal garage band in "My Ride, My Revolution," or the monologue-styled rant of a tes-ti-fy-ing tent revivalist named Ysela in "Oiga," Rodriguez squeezes humor from the lives of people who are not ready to sacrifice their dreams due to circumstance.

In these stories, Luis J. Rodriguez gives eloquent voice to the neighborhood where he spent many years as a resident, a father, an organizer, and, finally, a writer: a neighborhood that offers more to the world than its appearance allows.

Praise For The Republic of East La

“Rodriguez is skillful at rendering the aura of East L.A.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“a flashy take on the vital Spanglish-Speaking culture of East Los Angeles.”
-Body & Soul