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Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle

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The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle

Eduardo Vega Yunque

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ISBN 13: 978-1-58567-630-9
Trim Size: 6 X 9
Cloth
Overlook
10/1/2004

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Irrepressibly exuberant and wildly imaginative, Edgardo Vega Yunqu 's third novel is a hilarious picaresque tale that stretches our preceptions of life, love, and politics in the United States.

Just laid off from Kinko's, dumped by his girlfriend, failed in all his career aspirations, and burdened with a particularly frustrating anatomical shortcoming, Omaha Bigelow finds salvation on the streets of New York's Lower East Side in the form of Maruquita Salsipuedes, a Nuyorican homegirl equipped with an array of magical powers to cure his problems. Their misbegotten romance transforms him from perpetual loser to overnight success, but soon Omaha must struggle to remain faithful, as he becomes ensnared in the world of an irresistable WASP law student and her father, a sinister ex-CIA agent.

With unmatched fearlessness and ferocity, Vega Yunqu savages the precepts of contemporary American life and politics--from preventive war to religious dogma--and displays an incomparable vitality and mastery of the American idiom.

Praise for Edgardo Vega Yunqu 's No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again:

"This powerhouse of a novel...brings vividly to life, with its polyphony of voices, the simmering ethnic stew of the great American city...Vega Yunqu 's sentences have a loose-jointed spontanetity; they unfurl in unexpected directions."--Julia Livshin, The New York Times Book Review

"[A] sprawling, iconoclastic, ambitious, stunningly written novel that is part picaresque, part Bildungsroman and part recapitulation of America's last half-century...Vega Yunqu grabs the American tiger of race by the tail. With the wry courage of a clear-eyed idealist, he dismantles cultural misconceptions and makes us squirm with uncomfortable self-recognition even as we delight in his words: The prose is, in itself, a rich mix of dialogue and ideas, laced with echoes of his eccentric characters....This novel is fluid, unpredictable, full of verve and smarts. But it is not merely entertainment. Deeply revisionist, tinged with tragedy and yet doggedly optimistic, this is a work that belongs on the shelf with its epic siblings: E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime and Thomas Pynchon's Vineland." --Gene Santoro, The Washington Post [front-page review]

Edgardo Vega Yunqu is the author of No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again as well as a previous novel and two collections of short stories. He was born in Puerto Rico and lives in Brooklyn.

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