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The novel begins in 1940 in Ajijic, a Mexican village located on the shores of Lake Chapala. It tells of Francisco, at ten a homeless boy, and at 45 an embittered semi-hermit living in the Echo Park Hispanic barrio of East Los Angeles. The only thing he has worth saving is his ugly old dog. After deciding to end it all, and while looking for a good home for his pooch, he meets a woman going through her own crisis.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Spanish in America    -   American Pacific Coast Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Hispanic/Latinic


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   3 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   California The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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