The Bonjour Gene
Publication Year: 2005
Published by: University of Wisconsin Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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...“Unforgettable Tangos, Indelible Pagodas” was published in the“The Bonjour Gene,” under the title “The Ingredient,” first...
Narrative Structure and Family Complication An Introduction to J. A. Marzán’s The Bonjour Gene, by David Huddle
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Most families are complicated, but the French-originating, PuertoRican, USA-bound Bonjours, with their inclination to father chil-dren both in and out of wedlock, are maybe the most complicated ofall. Not only do the men go beyond family in their procreational ac-tivities, they also do their best to get away from family—but then...
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In the early 1800s three brothers from the south of France traveled toCádiz, from where they sailed to Puerto Rico in pursuit of the twonatural resources in which that tropically lush but Crown-forsakenisland was still said to be rich: beautiful women and coffee thatRome once decreed exclusively fit for the palate of a pope. Adhering...
Chapter 1. B-Movie
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Benjamin Martin’s thoughts had drifted far from his driving on theNew Jersey Turnpike until he realized that, again, he was grindinghis teeth. Nervous, as if anyone could hear the grinding over thesteady, wind-hummed decibels, he glanced through his sunglasses atBetty, a green-tinted cameo, her hair in a bun, who hadn’t spoken...
Chapter 2. The Bonjour Gene
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...realized that his having climbed five flights to this desolate roof inthis neighborhood was both crazy and dangerous, but he needed toaround to make sure he was alone up there, he crossed the roof tothe waist-high wall that faced the street. Once there, he spun aroundand panned the black, tar-coated roof again, where in the late after-...
Chapter 3. Tying the Knot
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Face up on Anthony’s bed, Michael Bonjour listened to the mando-excuse to stay upstairs in his future brother-in-law’s bedroom andnot have to greet the arriving guests, mainly from Cindy’s family.Except for Anthony, who studied law at Stanford and couldn’t makethe party but sent a gift, the entire Carmelo clan would soon invade...
Chapter 4. What We Should Know about the Climb to Heaven
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Ariel Zurita was the second illegal who paid Daisy Bonjour to marryhim so he could get his green card and, like the first, was also herboarder. In the five months that he lived in her small apartment,from her kitchen area separated from the living room space by a din-confident that, unlike his predecessor, he would not walk out in his...
Chapter 5. Unforgettable Tangos, Indelible Pagodas
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...“Are you okay?” Martina vaguely heard, but not loud enough tointerrupt her rote knitting or call her soul back from where she hadtaken it, staring off into the summer night through the open win-dow behind the TV set. Transported to the balmy night breezes ofher island town, she was young again and waiting for Javier to arrive...
Chapter 6. Cappuccino
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She always arrived at the midtown food court a half hour before hedid, to secure a table as well as to have a little time to herself, gatherher thoughts, enjoy a few pages of a novel. But on this afternoon thecourt was inordinately busy, and she had to use up her cherished,private half hour to find and hold a table for just the two of them....
Chapter 7. Zaxxon
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...“Making it to Zaxxon’s the hardest, then he always shoots youdown,” Milly explained as she piloted the little video-game jet onthe TV screen. “Danny Watanabe made it twice. He says Zaxxon’sthis big robot with heat-senseless missiles. Um, I don’t know whatthat is, but he says they follow you around till they get you.” She...
Chapter 8. The Ride
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...ahead, where it should have been, but unexpectedly on this residen-tial street. Luckily I saw the big Palm Tree sign in time to brake,back up my van, and park beside a beat-up VW bug in front of thestore’s glass door. Just when I pulled in, from behind the shop’s doora man in his early thirties waved, then picked up an attaché case and...
Chapter 9. PC
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Now that I got my own Personal Computer, I’m the happiest kid inthe world. I wanted one since last year when I started to go reallynuts about the PCs at St. Barnabas. Brother Sylvester was the firstteacher to learn how to use them, and I was in his advanced eighth-grade class because of my hundreds in math. Our term project was...
Chapter 10. The Duck
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Marco popped into the kitchen just as his mother said something inSpanish about a duck at his sister Tina’s birthday party. Aunt Normawas mixing a dip for chips while Mami arranged poultry pieces in abaking pan. Marco asked if what she prepared was duck, because he“Oh, . . . well, a duck in Spanish is a man who moves his behind...
Chapter 11. The Flowering of Isabel
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...squeezed into a space facing the seated passengers when the one infront of her, a man in a blue pinstripe suit, got up and offered hisseat. Her first impulse was to decline, but as he was already stand-ing, and she was so tired after her evening marketing class that sheblack hair and who could have been Latin himself or as well Middle...
Chapter 12. The Inheritance
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Gabriel Bonjour opened his eyes and realized that he was still at thesteering wheel of his father’s beat-up van. He had parked in the air-port lot intending to take the shuttle bus and see whether Miguelhis drunken rage. But once parked, he stopped to ask himself if itwas worthwhile to chase after Miguel. He shut his eyes for what he...
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Page Count: 184
Publication Year: 2005
Series Title: THE AMERICAS