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  • 08/2017
  • 978-0-9988403-0-7 B071KG6D5K
  • 422 pages
  • $18.95
Understanding the Alacran
Trying to escape the oppression leading him to crime, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture. But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the dark underbelly of the small town that, while beautiful, is ravaged by drug trafficking. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or a slow death? A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRAN explores many of the questions that haunt young people searching for love and their place in this world, and offers a poetic look at the raw beauty and healing power of Mexico.
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Kirkus Reviews

LaPoma obviously knows Mexico well, framing the nation not by its problems but by the hearts of its people . . . the descriptions of Mexican locales are as vibrant, colorful, and illuminating as the novel's unique characters. The author can write about serious things with humor, and Will's tale shows an understanding of Mexico that goes beyond the ordinary.

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07/09/2017
UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRAN a Finalist in FAPA President's Awards

Jonathan LaPoma’s coming-of-age literary novel UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN is a finalist in the 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Awards (contemporary/literary category). UNDERSTANDING THE ALACRÁN will be published by Almendro Arts on August 23rd.

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Ebook Details
  • 08/2017
  • 978-0-9988403-0-7 B071KG6D5K
  • 422 pages
  • $18.95

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