Monkey Boy

Monkey Boy


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Francisco Goldman's first novel since his acclaimed, nationally bestselling Say Her Name (winner of the Prix Femina étranger), Monkey Boy is a sweeping story about the impact of divided identity-- whether Jewish/Catholic, white/brown, native/expat--and one misfit's quest to heal his damaged past and find love.

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.

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  • Elyse  Walters

    Frank Goldberg, nearly fifty, moved back to New York, from Mexico City after receiving a warning that he probably could have ignored but didn’t. “The warning was the result of the journalism on t...

  • Lori

    Monkey Boy: A Novel Audible Logo Audible Audiobook – UnabridgedFrancisco Goldman (Author), Robert Fass (Narrator), Tantor Audio (Publisher)Listening Length 12 hours and 12 minutesScattered storytell...

  • Alison

    This author is in my opinion a wonderful writer. I love details in a story and his are full of them.I know this is a novel, but I think it probably has a lot of his own life written throughout.I read ...

  • Naomi

    Read my review of Monkey Boy on BookBrowse Journal here:

  • Lynn

    A novel of a man who was born as American from a Venezuelan mother and Ukrainian father, both migrants, similar to the author’s life. The man has been a journalist in Mexico for a long time. He trie...

  • Carly

    Oh my gosh?? A novel about a Guatemalan Jew raised in predominantly white spaces grappling with complicated identities and feelings of displacement?? It’s me???...

  • A Mangled Foxtrot

    NOTE: I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher, Grove Atlantic, for the opportunity! Monkey Boy is Francisco Goldman'...

  • Sara

    It's hard to know how to rate this book or even how to give a review. From my point of view it was simply too much "stream of consciousness" writing and it was difficult to hold on to the theme or the...

  • Webgirl

    Format: audiobookAuthor: Francisco Goldman ~ Title: Monkey Boy ~ Narrator: Robert FassStory: 4 stars ~ Narration: 4.5 starsComplete audiobook reviewMonkey boy is another one of those books, that some ...

  • Nelda Brangwin

    While I applaud the humility with which the author’s alter ego describes his life, growing up with an angry Russian immigrant for a father and a Guatemalan mother, I could not connect with the story...