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The Bonjour Gene: A Novel
by J. A. Marzán
introduction by David Huddle
University of Wisconsin Press, 2005
eISBN: 978-0-299-20413-6 | Paper: 978-0-299-20414-3 | Cloth: 978-0-299-20410-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3563.A768B66 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 813.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Approaching midlife, after rising to comfortable suburban life, Edgar Bonjour becomes involved with a drug-trafficking Puerto Rican motorcycle gang from his old neighborhood and is brought down by an affair with a woman in the gang. News of his murder leads to introspection among other members of the Puerto Rican Bonjour clan, all descended from three now nameless French brothers remembered only by their surname. Though extended generations of the Bonjours dispersed, some settling in New York, they remain connected by the shared lore of their ancestry, that starting with the three original Bonjour brothers—all rampant adulterers—every descendent Bonjour male carries a reckless, womanizing gene.
            Interconnected like the Bonjour family itself, this novel is a tale of unpredictable and unforgettable characters that transports readers to a plane where ethnicity becomes universality.

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