September 22, 2019

TAINA BY ERNESTO QUINONEZ


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TAINA
by Ernesto Quiñonez
Vintage


Another virgin birth? In Spanish Harlem?  Could be.  
TAINA is full of magical realism, revolution and redemption.
And the best part, this novel is available in English and Spanish. Happy Reading.


SUMMARY:  When Julio, a teenager living in Spanish Harlem, hears that Taina, a pregnant fifteen-year-old from his high school claims to be a virgin, he decides to believe her. Julio has a history of strange visions and his blind and unrequited love for Taina will unleash a whirlpool of emotions that will bring him to question his hard-working Puerto Rican mother and his communist Ecuadorian father, his beliefs and even the building blocks of modern science (after seeing the conception of Taina’s baby as a revolution in nature).  

After meeting Taína's uncle, "El Vejigante", an ex-con with a dark past, he accepts his proposal to support her during her pregnancy and becomes entangled in a web of crime that, while taking him closer to Taína, ultimately reveals a family secret that will not leave him unscathed.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ernesto Quiñonez is the author of Bodega Dreams, which was chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers title as well as a Borders Bookstore Original New Voice selection. He lives in Harlem.



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