Loverboys

Loverboys Review

Loverboys is the award-winning author Ana Castillo's stunning collection of twenty-three stories that depict the wildly varied faces of love, from rapturous beginnings to bittersweet endings.From the regret-tinged soulfulness of the title story in which a woman reminisces about a former lover, to the down-and-dirty settling of scores in "Vatolandia" to the high-spirited comedy of "La Miss Rose," about a West Indian fortuneteller on a mission to help the lovelorn, Ana Castillo bares the secret hearts of women and men. By turns hopeful, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Loverboys is an irresistible pairing of author and subject. In prose that is at once erotic and eloquent, streetwise and surreal-in a voice like no other in recent literary fiction-Ana Castillo covers the waterfront of modern romance and proves why she is, in the words of Julia Alvarez, "a first-rate storyteller."

Title:Loverboys
Edition Language:English

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    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Ana Castillo is such a badass. My favorites were Christmas Story of the Golden Cockroach and Conversations with an Absent Lover on a Beachless Afternoon. The latter was especially inspiring for a writ...

  • Really pretty and easy read. Pretty concise review but that's what i have to say ...

  • Chili heated page turner-- ...

  • There is something so Chicagoan about these stories, and I can't exactly put my finger on it. Maybe it is the sense of simultaneous defeat and defiance rumbling underneath the crushing overwhelm of pe...

  • This book is indescribable, but I will try. All the stories share the same narrator voice but with varying elements of: poetry, humor, sadness, Latina voice, diva, witch, sensual woman who suffers foo...

  • It was ok. Some of the stories didn't really seem to have a point. And some of them would just be starting to get good, and then they would end. Others seemed to connect to the story before. At the en...

  • As usual with short story collections, I liked a bunch. Others, not so much. I always enjoy Castillo's writing. I really liked that she included a few short shorts in the collection. The one big negat...

  • Honestly, I felt like I'd read much of this before. Emily commented when she loaned it to me that it sounded a lot like sherman alexie to her, and I'd have to agree. Sherman Alexie, plus a few other a...

  • VatolandiaChristmas Story of the Golden CockroachMother's WishCrawfish LoveLa Miss Rose - last story in the book, makes more sense after you read the acknowledgments that follow, but still zany in a L...

  • Very seldom that I can't finish a book, but this was way too much of the same thing, over and over. I appreciated the novella style of Mexicana writing, and some parts were okay, but nothing compellin...