Boogaloo On 2nd Avenue: A Novel of Pastry, Guilt and Music by Mark Kurlansky

By Mark Kurlansky

First released in nice Britain in 2005 by way of Jonathan Cape.

It's the growth years of the Nineteen Eighties, and lifestyles is last in on Nathan Seltzer, who infrequently travels outdoor his all of sudden gentrifying decrease East facet neighbourhood. whereas he attempts to choose no matter if he should still cheat on his spouse with Karoline, a German pastry chef whose mom and dad may well or won't were Nazis, his father, Harry, is plotting with the Nineteen Sixties boogaloo superstar Chow Mein Vega for the comeback of this dance craze. in the meantime, a homicidal drug addict is terrorizing the neighbourhood.

With its ensemble forged of unforgettable characters, Boogaloo on 2d road is a comedy of cultures in regards to the previous and the hot, approximately Latinos, Jews, Sicilians and Germans. It's approximately suffering to carry onto existence in a quickly altering global, approximately foodstuff and intercourse and approximately how our lives are formed through love and guilt.

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