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Mosquito by Gayl Jones

Mosquito by Gayl Jones

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Wiener, The New Yorker <p/>From the highly acclaimed author of Palmares, Corregidora, and The Healing--a rare and unforgettable journey set along the US-Mexico border about identity, immigration, and "the new underground railroad." <p/>First discovered and edited by Toni Morrison, Gayl Jones has been described as one of the great literary writers of the 20th century. In Mosquito, she examines the US-Mexico border crisis through the eyes of Sojourner Nadine Jane Johnson, an African American truck driver known as Mosquito. Her journey begins after she discovers a stowaway who nearly gives birth in the back of her truck, sparking Mosquito's accidental yet growing involvement in "the new underground railroad," a sanctuary movement for Mexican immigrants. <p/>As Mosquito's understanding of the immigrants' need to forge new lives and identities deepens, so too does Mosquito's romance with Ray, a gentle revolutionary, a philosopher, and, perhaps, a priest. Along the road, Mosquito introduces us to Delgadina, a Chicana bartender who fries cactus, writes haunting stories, and studies to become a detective; Monkey Bread, a childhood pal who is, improbably, assistant to a blonde star in Hollywood; Maria, the stowaway who names her baby Journal, a misspelled tribute to her unwitting benefactor Sojourner; and many more.
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