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Tropic of Orange

Tropic of Orange

Book - 2017
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"Juggling magical realism, film noir, hip-hop, and chicanismo, Tropic of Orange takes place in an L.A. where the homeless, gangsters, infant organ entrepreneurs, and Hollywood collide on a stretch of the Harbor Freeway. Hemmed in by wildfires, it's a symphony conducted from an overpass, grandiose, comic, and as diverse as the city itself."--Back cover.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9781566894869
1566894867
Branch Call Number: FICTION YAMASHITA
Characteristics: xvii, 230 p. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Foster, Sesshu

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lukasevansherman
Apr 14, 2019

2017 reissue of a 1997 novel. I read about it somewhere and it sounded interesting. Despite its energy and subject, I couldn't really get into it. Yamashita takes as her topic Los Angeles in all its sprawl, multiculturalism, ugliness, madness, and magic. Though its tagged as magical realism, I don't think it's a very accurate description. Parts of it reminded me of Paul Beatty's L.A. satire "White Boy Shuffle."

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