He Forgot to Say Goodbye

By Benjamin Alire Saenz
(Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, Hardcover, 9781416949633, 321pp.)

Publication Date: June 2008

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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 Saenz exquisitely captures the mood and voice of a community, a culture, and a generation"; that is proven again in this beautifully crafted novel.



About the Author
Benjamin Alire Saenz is the author of In Perfect Light, Carry Me Like Water, and House of Forgetting, as well as the author of several children s books. He won the American Book Award for his collection of poems Calendar of Dust. Saenz is the chair of the creative writing department at the University of Texas-El Paso.
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