It is Greenwich Village within the early Sixties, whilst ex-patriots, artists, and colourful bums are kings. A tiny stand promoting empanadas close to the nook of Bleecker and MacDougal streets is the guts of the motion for the shy narrator, an aspiring author simply out of faculty. on the stand he falls in with a crowd of kooky outcasts from Argentina who introduce him to their raucous adventures, melodramatic goals and ladies, quite a tricky little flamenco dancer from Buenos Aires. captivating and insightful, this deceptively basic novel is a story advised through a grasp. it's a clever coming-of-age tale, filled with pleasure and touched through heartbreak, that captures a distinct time and position with remarkable empathy and humor.
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