mexican americans

Aug 8, 2017

Aristotle is angry. And wondering. And confused. Dante is laid back. And smart. And confused. These two boys, opposites, with nothing in common, begin to spend more time together, becoming fast friends. The friendship that they discover is the kind that has the power to morph and change lives - and lasts a lifetime. And Aristotle becomes sad - then happy. And realizes things. And Dante gets angry - then hurt. And realizes things. This is a remarkable coming-of-age novel about two Mexican-American boys as they battle through the uncertain, calamitous front of life.


Aristotle and Dante

Jan 10, 2012

“I came of age in the 1980’s, before diversity and multicultural awareness trickled into western Michigan.  Before ethnic was cool.  Before Thai restaurants became staples in every town.”

 In 1975 any American immigrant would have struggled to fit in with her peers and Nguyen is no exception. As a child Nguyen’s family fled Vietnam, abandoning her mother, and spending months in relocation camps.  They finally settle in Michigan, and Nguyen’s father further muddies the cultural waters when he marries Rosa, a second-generation Mexican-American.

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