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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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Publisher Comments:

What Jonathan Lethem did for Brooklyn, Matt Burgess does for Queens in this exuberant and brilliant debut novel about a young drug dealer having a very bad weekend.

Alfredo Batista has some worries. Okay, a lot of worries. His older brother, Jose—sorry, Tariq—is returning from a stretch in prison after an unsuccessful robbery, a burglary that Alfredo was supposed to be part of. So now everyone thinks Alfredo snitched on his brother, which may have something to do with the fact that Alfredo is now dating Tariq’s ex-girlfriend, Isabel, who is eight months pregnant. Tariq’s violent streak is probably #1 worry on Alfredo’s list.

Also, he needs to steal a pit bull. For the homecoming dogfight.

Burgess brings to life the rich and vivid milieu of his hometown native Queens in all its glorious variety. Here is the real New York, a place where Pakistanis, Puerto Ricans, Haitians, An glos, African Americans, and West Indians scrap and mingle and love. But the real star here is Burgess’s incredible ear for language—the voices of his characters leap off the page in riotous, spot-on dialogue. The outer boroughs have their own language, where a polite greeting is fraught with menace, and an insult can be the expression of the most tender love.

With a story as intricately plotted as a Shakespearean comedy—or revenge tragedy, for that matter—and an electrically col loquial prose style, Dogfight, a Love Story establishes Matt Burgess as an exuberant new voice in contemporary literature. The great Queens novel has arrived.

Synopsis:

Dreading the prison release of his violent older brother, who blames him for his imprisonment and for stealing his pregnant girlfriend, young drug dealer Alfredo struggles with cultural clashes in Queens while planning to steal a pit bull for a homecoming dogfight. A first novel.

About the Author

MATT BURGESS, a twenty-seven-year-old graduate of Dartmouth and the University of Minnesota’s MFA program, grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385532990
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Doubleday
Author:
Matt Burgess
Author:
Burgess, Matt
Subject:
Fiction : Alternative History
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Urban Life
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Debut Fiction
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Urban Life
Subject:
Fiction : Coming of Age
Subject:
NEWARRIVAL-DEBUT FICT
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20100921
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
290

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Coming of Age
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Cultural Heritage
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Urban Life
Fiction and Poetry » Romance » Contemporary

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"Synopsis" by , Dreading the prison release of his violent older brother, who blames him for his imprisonment and for stealing his pregnant girlfriend, young drug dealer Alfredo struggles with cultural clashes in Queens while planning to steal a pit bull for a homecoming dogfight. A first novel.
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