Monkey Boy

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Grove Press
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6.4 X 9.1 X 1.3 inches | 1.15 pounds

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About the Author

Francisco Goldman has published four previous novels and two books of nonfiction. The Long Night of White Chickens was awarded the American Academy's Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. The Interior Circuit was named by the Los Angeles Times one of 10 best books of the year. The Art of Political Murder is now an HBO documentary. Goldman's most recent novel, Say Her Name, won the Prix Femina étranger. His books have been published in sixteen languages.

Advance Praise for Monkey Boy

"Goldman fuses autobiography and invention to create fiction of nearly nuclear intensity...This is a journalist's notebook and an artist's sketchbook--every detail vivid and meaningful, every captivating character a portal into the struggle for freedom and dignity. Although steeped in trauma and loneliness, prejudice and brutality, secrets and lies, Goldman's ravishing, multidirectional novel is also iridescent with tenderness, comedic absurdity, sensual infatuation, reclaimed love, the life-sustaining desire to "remember every single second," and the redemption of getting every element just right."-- Donna Seaman, Booklist, starred review

The warmth and humanity of Goldman's storytelling are impossible to resist. --Kirkus Reviews (starred)

Captivating...Goldman's direct, intimate writing alone is worth the price of admission. --Publishers Weekly

"Francisco Goldman . . . Francisco Goldberg? . . . Frankie Gee!--crafter of the tenderest dirtiest love scenes!--the wisest and spookiest children!--the fathers whose monstrosity breaks our hearts with compassion for them--who else can do all this? Francisco Goldman is uncategorizable, as is this book which made me grow a second heart just to contain all its fierce tenderness. Goldman has been my literary hero from his first entrancing Long Night of White Chickens to this latest take-no-prisoners Monkey Boy. He is a true original, that rarest of writers, the kind we cannot live without." --Susan Choi

"From the painful intimate violence in a suburban New England home, to racial cruelty among high school teenagers, to the US government's political and military interventionism in Latin America, Goldman's sweeping gaze runs through multiple circuits of America's violence, showing us how deeply connected they in fact are. With the exact balance of outrage and hope, Monkey Boy takes us on an eye-opening journey, full of tenderness and horror, through the often-ignored layers of this country's history. A powerful, necessary book." --Valeria Luiselli

"Francisco Goldman, one of our most brilliant political writers, is also, miraculously, a Chekhov of the heart. This novel is wild, funny, and wrenching, as well as a profound act of retrieval and transformation." --Rivka Galchen

"Monkey Boy is written with tenderness and emotional precision. It tells what it means to be an American, to have an identity that is nourished by many sources, including ones that are mysterious and shrouded in secrecy. It is a story of two cities--Boston and Guatemala--and an account of a man's relationship with his mother, who is evoked here in sharp and loving detail. It is a book about how we piece the past together. Goldman bridges the gap between imagination and memory with stunning lyricism and unsparing clarity." --Colm Tóibín

A boldly intimate dissection of the ways we live our lives, the colliding mashups of ethnic & national identity, of the many natures of love & family. A tour de force from an uncommonly gifted writer. --Jon Lee Anderson