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Download Like Son Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (193 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Felicia Luna Lemus Narrator: Kristin Hughe Publisher: Iambik Audio Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Set amidst the outsider worlds of present-day downtown New York, 1990s Los Angeles, and 1940s Mexico City, Like Son is the not-so-simple story of a father, a son, and the love-blindness shared between them.

Meet Frank Cruz: a post-punk, sardonic, 30-year-old who unwittingly inherits his dead father's legacy. Born a bouncing baby girl named Francisca to parents tangled in a doomed love affair, Frank grows up in both the poorest barrios and poshest hills of Southern California. A defiant loner, Frank leaves home at the age of eighteen for the big city, but instead is sucked back into helping his estranged and blind father navigate an untimely death.

On his deathbed, Frank's father gives him a mysterious crumbling photograph of a woman with a stunning gaze: Nahui Olin, a fierce member of the early-20th-century Mexican avant-garde who once brought tragedy upon the Cruz family.

Punctured to his core by Nahui, Frank takes her portrait and flees to New York City to start anew - this time for real. There he meets eccentric, gorgeous, and sharp-tongued Nathalie. The two fall in love, but after seven years of happy-go-lucky life together, in September 2001 the New York skyline tumbles, and Frank finds himself smack in the middle of his predestined fate.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Stephany Joy | 2/17/2014

    " So many strong pieces to this book...but I lost the purpose of the story when the love affair turned contemporary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by P'ster | 2/15/2014

    " Don't waste your time with this one. An exasperating example of the fallacy of imitative form, this book had so many potentially interesting ways it could have gone (transgendered protagonist who idolizes his father, a blind dreamer and romantic; a high-achieving but completely dysfunctional immigrant mother; a parallel storyline about a half-Mexican poet/socialite; an inscrutable girlfriend; the 90s East Village scene), and ended up going nowhere. The fact that that was probably the point just made me wanna get my $15 back even more. It gets two stars only because of the picture on the cover. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelley Ross | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and I think it really helped me understand the troubles a transgender person can face. I did feel like a lot of the scenarios were a bit heavy-handed though. There were a lot of themes repeated (giving rocks, train accidents,etc) that sat right on the edge of artistic mastery and too much theatricality. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Nancy | 1/27/2014

    " the story was as annoying as Nathalie, the object of the narrator's affection...trying too hard to make connections between his life and that of Nahui Olin, a predecessor to Frida Kahlo apparently, the author told a story that I was only able to get through because I hate leaving books unfinished...my only motivating factor was to find out what happened at the end only to find that nothing happened at the end... "

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