The Gringo Champion

The Gringo Champion

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Overview

The award-winning debut novel by young Mexican author Aura Xilonen, The Gringo Champion is a thrillingly inventive story about crossing borders that the Los Angeles Review of Books called "one of the must-read books of 2017."

Liborio has to leave Mexico, a land that has taught him little more than a keen instinct for survival. He crosses the Rio Bravo, like so many others, to reach "the promised land." And in a barrio like any other, in some gringo city, this illegal immigrant tells his story.

As Liborio narrates his memories we discover a childhood scarred by malnutrition and abandonment, an adolescence lived with a sense of having nothing to lose. In his new home, he finds a job at a bookstore. He falls in love with a woman so intensely that his fantasies of her verge on obsession. And, finally, he finds himself on a path that just might save him: he becomes a boxer.

This is a migrant's story of deracination, loneliness, fear, and finally, love told in a sparkling, innovative prose. It's Million Dollar Baby meets The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao , and a story of migration and hope that is as topical as it is timeless.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609453657
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/17/2017
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,123,213
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Aura Xilonen is a novelist and filmmaker. She won the 2015 Mauricio Achar Prize for her first novel,  The Gringo Champion.

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