• Monkey Boy

    by Francisco Goldman
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    Monkey Boy
May 13, 2021

Francisco Goldman

Harvard Book Store's virtual event series welcomes acclaimed novelist and journalist FRANCISCO GOLDMAN—author of Say Her Name and The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle—for a discussion of his latest novel, Monkey Boy. He will be joined in conversation by award-winning writer COLM TÓIBÍN, author of The MasterBrooklyn, and House of Names.

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Our narrator, Francisco Goldberg, an American writer, has been living in Mexico when, because of a threat provoked by his journalism, he flees to New York City, hoping to start afresh. His last relationship ended devastatingly five years before, and he may now finally be on the cusp of a new love with a young Mexican woman he meets in Brooklyn. But Francisco is soon beckoned back to his childhood home outside Boston by a high school girlfriend who witnessed his youthful humiliations, and to visit his Guatemalan mother, Yolanda, whose intermittent lucidity unearths forgotten pockets of the past. On this five-day trip, the specter of Frank’s recently deceased father, Bert, an immigrant from Ukraine—pathologically abusive, yet also at times infuriatingly endearing—as well as the dramatic Guatemalan woman who helped raise him, and the high school bullies who called him “monkey boy,” all loom.

Told in an intimate, irresistibly funny, and passionate voice, this extraordinary portrait of family and growing up “halfie,” unearths the hidden cruelties in a predominantly white, working-class Boston suburb where Francisco came of age, and explores the pressures of living between worlds all his life. Monkey Boy is a new masterpiece of fiction from one of the most important American voices in the last forty years.

About Author(s)

Francisco Goldman has published four previous novels and two books of non-fiction. The Long Night of White Chickens was awarded the American Academy’s Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction. The Interior Circuit was named by the Los Angeles Times one of 10 best books of the year. The Art of Political Murder is now an HBO movie. Goldman’s most recent novel, Say Her Name, won the Prix Femina Etranger. His books have been published in 16 languages.

Colm Tóibín is the author of seven novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary, and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections. Three times shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.