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240pp. July 2005
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Author: Bacho, Peter;
After being wounded in Vietnam, nineteen-year-old Rico Divina is sent home to a string of low-paying jobs and shabby apartments while trying to cope with the demons inside him. As an "Indipino" (half Yakima, half Filipino), Rico has come up against obstacles all his life--those of race, culture, nationality, and now the experience of war--that have left him without hope. In time he embarks on a course that is self-destructive and increasingly violent. People and situations present themselves, offering him the chance to turn his life around, but Rico, whether from lack of faith or pride, rejects them. The only thing that sustains him is writing his own story with a happy ending--something he has long suspected he will never have.

Intersections: Asian and Pacific American Transcultural Studies Series
"This book, a significant addition to Bacho's body of work, provides a compelling revisitation of the 70s as seen through the eyes of a cultural minority. With nuanced yet gripping storytelling, we follow the moves of characters rarely portrayed in mainstream literature. Bacho's understanding of politics, and the intricate cultural contexts represented: Filipino, American Indian, American, give the characters depth as they grapple with forces against which they attempt to create their identity." --International Examiner

"If [Bacho's] intent is to jolt the reader out of a healthy complacency, he does so with a clean, remarkably edgy prose style, verging at times on the poetic. Bacho writes not only for the downtrodden and dispossessed, but also for those who relentlessly seek the facts, who must attain knowledge at all costs, even at the risk of shattering one's psyche to get it." --Northwest Asian Weekly

Author: Bacho, Peter;
A former journalist in Tacoma, Washington, Peter Bacho was recently named Distinguished Northwest Writer in Residence at Seattle University. His new novel, Entrys, is his fourth work of fiction.
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