Spidertown: A Novel

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Penguin Books, 1994 - Fiction - 323 pages
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Miguel is riding high on the streets of the Bronx, satisfied with his job as a drug runner for Spider--mentor, friend, and small-time crack kingpin. Along with his roommate, an arsonist named Firebug, Miguel tries to fit a lifetime of partying, casual sex, and high times into a few short years. But when he meets the beautiful and practical-minded Cristalena, the shallowness and imminent danger of his world come crashing home. Tense, gritty, and moving, written in the fast, rhythmic language of the streets, "Spidertown" captures a world where children own guns, where death is a part of everyday life, and where, miraculously, hope manages to survive.

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This was the first Spanish book I read in middle school. I remember loving it. The struggle of a smart young teenage boy growing up in a rough neighborhood in love with two girls. It was great. Read full review

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Very good presentation of life in the South Bronx in the late 80's/early 90's. Miguel is a 16 year old living in an apartment with a friend of his, an arsonist called Firebug. Miguel is a runner for a ... Read full review


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Abraham Rodriguez is the author of "Spidertown" and a collection of short stories entitled "The Boy Without a Flag," a" New York Time"s Notable Book of the Year in 1993. He is a panel member of The New York State Council on the Arts. He lives in the Bronx, New York.

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