Latin Moon in Manhattan

Latin Moon in Manhattan His eyes were very yellow, like lighted lanterns, and they expressed horror. I thought of Bobby, of the last look he had given me, and at that moment I understood one of the differences between man and cat: man knows he's going to die, so he can get ready and be willing, even eager, to go. A cat knows the end is near, but that's all. He can't accept death: he can't trust in it; cats are perhaps too metaphysical an entity to need to believe in the idea of a beyond; a cat is his own god and man his

Exuberant and colorful, Latin Moon in Manhattan paints a vivid portrait of New York City as the land of El Dorado for today's Latino immigrants. From Little Colombia in Queens to the street life of Times Square, this brilliant novel is crowded with an extraordinary cast of characters: Hot Sauce, a midget hooker; Simón Bolívar, a parrot who croons Julio Iglesias songs; the Urrutias, a family rich from cocaine smuggling; Santiago Martínez, a loner and would-be poet whose ancient cat, Mr. O'Donnell, is slowly dying of an enlarged heart. Exploding with a profusion of plots and subplots involving drug smuggling, romance, and the literary politics of Queens, Latin Moon in Manhattan is a rich and utterly charming work.

PRAISE FOR Latin Moon in Manhattan
Jaime Manrique

"A terrifically engaging, wondrous, and bold-hearted book."
—Lorrie Moore

"A picaresque tale about a gay Colombian immigrant's adventures among hookers, self-made millionaires, narcotics traffickers, and elderly book mavens."
New York Times

"It's like Breakfast at Tiffany's directed by Almodóvar."
—Pauline Kael

"Manrique catches the East Coast Colombian Americans as deftly as Amy Tan portrays the Chinese Americans of the West. But Manrique is a giddier writer than Tan; he waltzes between the zany, the melancholy, and the not quite surreal."
Village Voice

"Colombian-born poet Manrique sends NYC a crazy valentine: a sexy, offbeat novel that's as much about the city itself as about a gay Latino finding his place there."
Kirkus Reviews

Jaime's cat, the original Mr. O'Donnell


New York: St. Martin's Press, 1993.

Bogotá, Colombia: Editora Alfaguara S.A., 2003.

Madison, WI: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.

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