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Please contact us with reprinting requests. Pnin by Vladimir Nabokov Russian immigrant to the U. Printable Version PDF. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. It's the summer of and sixteen-year-old Antonio "Tony" McCaugh has tried to commit suicide. Rather than hire an expensive psychologist, Tony's mother flies him from his Appalachian father's house to San Francisco so Tony can spend the summer with his womanizing, pot-smoking, peyote-eating Uncle Juan "Jack" Villalobos. Hanging out with Jack, she believes, is guaranteed It's the summer of and sixteen-year-old Antonio "Tony" McCaugh has tried to commit suicide.
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Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Aug 09, Dee Eisel rated it it was amazing Shelves: high-lit. A wonderful kunstlerroman with good, believable characters. I enjoyed every page. Tony Villalobos is a writer and college adjunct professor who has to go back to the west coast to his uncle's funeral.
The story moves back and forth through time from that point to Tony's teenage summer with his uncle at the age of We see Tony's troubled relations with his family and his Latino background in both time periods. We also see love, maybe expressed in a way that I as a white woman might not understa A wonderful kunstlerroman with good, believable characters.
We also see love, maybe expressed in a way that I as a white woman might not understand, but which is undeniable in its truth. This is a funny, sad, beautiful novel. I can't recommend it highly enough, and I'm going to seek out more books by this author. Sep 07, Renee is currently reading it.
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