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Publisher's Summary

From the Pulitzer Prize winner Oscar Hijuelos comes a novel about identity, circumstance, and a way in which we all struggle to accept our true selves. In gritty, clear prose, Dark Dude captures New York City in the 1960s - violent, decaying, slouching away from the American dream - and brings to life a character who has no choice but to head out west in search of something better. But, when Rico and his ex-druggie friend arrive in Wisconsin, they discover that picket-fenced apple-pie people can be just as violent and judgmental as the neighbors they left behind. No longer an outsider by appearances, Rico is forced to swallow an uncomfortable truth: he is still an outsider.
©2008 Oscar Hijuelos (P)2008 Blackstone Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Dark Dude is our strategic guide to the universe." (Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club)
"Pure Hijuelos: Cuban-American, musical and very, very funny." ( Publishers Weekly)
"A lively insightful read." (Esmeralda Santiago, author of When I Was a Puerto Rican)
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