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Amidst a time of conflict, social change, and artistic flourishing, Rivera comes of age as she interacts with other immigrant artists—poets, musicians, rebels. Hagedorn is most known for her novel Dogeaters , which won the American Book Award and has also been adapted for the stage. It had a recent production by Magic Theatre in However, depending on who you ask, she also sings, does performance art, writes poetry and plays, edits anthologies, etc. I was stunned by the reflections she paraded in Gangster.

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A definition is like a lasso: Whatever we fail to catch in its narrow circle escapes us. Born in the Philippines, Rocky moves to San Francisco as a teenager in the s with her mother, Milagros, and her brother, Voltaire. American pop culture sweeps her away. Rocky dyes her hair purple, talks dirty, lives with her guitar-playing boyfriend, Elvis Chang, takes their band, the Gangster of Love, to New York, experiments with drugs and sex and has a baby out of wedlock.

She loves the family she has left, just as Milagros remains emotionally bound to her distant, philandering husband in Manila. The two women have more in common than either cares to admit. Milagros, having fled the machismo of a Filipino marriage, finds that independence has its price. Suddenly short of money, she depends on fellow immigrants to patronize her food-catering service. Songs she writes out of her sense of being different become part of a mass medium that is wiping out cultural differences worldwide.

Like Milagros, Rocky finds herself as much of an outsider as ever. The people closest to her are all outsiders themselves--Elvis, her on-and-off boyfriend, whose very name is schizophrenic; Keiko Van Hiller, a flamboyantly multiethnic, bisexual artist; the troubled Voltaire, who wishes he were Jimi Hendrix; the Carabao Kid, a dirt-poor manual laborer and poet; and her gay Uncle Marlon, a dancer and bit-part actor in Hollywood. Nothing fits in quite like being a misfit, surrounded by assorted other misfits.

In a Tan novel, the reality that her younger, assimilated characters know is always overwhelmed, sooner or later, by the much deeper and more terrible reality experienced by their Chinese-born parents. Hot Property. About Us. Brand Publishing. Times News Platforms. Times Store.

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THE GANGSTER OF LOVE

Hagedorn's The Dogeaters, episodic second novel seems to wander in a fog, as does the heroine who narrates most of this disjointed tale; she migrates in the s with her mother and brother to the US from the Philippines, where she led a sheltered life as a Catholic schoolgirl. While she scribbles pseudo-Beat poems, he wanders San Francisco's Tenderloin, where he meets aspiring rocker Elvis Chang. Rocky turns 18 and becomes Elvis's lover; they launch a band, The Gangster of Love, with Rocky on vocals. Despite embracing America's pop culture, though, Rocky still feels some loyalty to her overbearing mother Milagros, a spitfire who left her unfaithful husband back in the Philippines and who clings to her old world customs. A sexual prude despite her posturing, Rocky comes under the liberating influence of Keiko von Heller, an artist and free spirit who gradually becomes a pop celebrity.

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Rocky Rivera arrives in the U. So begins a blazing coming-of-age story suffused with the tensions of immigration which finds Rocky moving from the counter-culture in s San Francisco to the extravagant music scene in Manhattan of the s. The Gangster of Love tells the story of the Rivera family as they make their new life in the States all the while haunted by the memory of the father and the homeland they left behind. Category: Literary Fiction. Add to Cart. Also available from:. Paperback —.

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A definition is like a lasso: Whatever we fail to catch in its narrow circle escapes us. Born in the Philippines, Rocky moves to San Francisco as a teenager in the s with her mother, Milagros, and her brother, Voltaire. American pop culture sweeps her away. Rocky dyes her hair purple, talks dirty, lives with her guitar-playing boyfriend, Elvis Chang, takes their band, the Gangster of Love, to New York, experiments with drugs and sex and has a baby out of wedlock. She loves the family she has left, just as Milagros remains emotionally bound to her distant, philandering husband in Manila. The two women have more in common than either cares to admit.

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