THE SCOUNDREL AND THE OPTIMIST
by Maceo Montoya
2011 ILBA MARIPOSA AWARD, BEST FIRST BOOK
In Maceo Montoya’s first novel, we meet Edmund, a diminutive, irrepressible teen whose strife-ridden life magnifies his strength of spirit. After his siblings desert the dysfunctional home and his mother sinks into a deep depression that is brought about by his father’s deception and abuse, Edmund discovers that his determination and hope must carry him through. His most notable accomplishment is teaching his father, Filastro, the value of integrity, optimism, and selflessness.
“Human and humorous from page one, this tale is full of riotous energy and unexpected universal truths. Dostoyevsky has crossed the border in the pen of Maceo Montoya.”- Ernesto Quinonez, author of BODEGA DREAMS.
“Montoya’s picaresque characters imbue this novel with equal portions of bittersweet humor, social commentary, and morality play … Multidimensional characters, a well-drawn setting, and Montoya’s light touch on the commentary make this a charming and worthwhile read.”- MULTICULTURAL REVIEW
272 pp cloth $28.00 ISBN978-1-931010-65-8
paper $18.00 ISBN978-1-931010-67-2
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