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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Preview: The Skinny Years

New coming-of-age novel available in June 

My fourth novel, The Skinny Years, is quite different from the Class H Trilogy. It's more personal and closer to home. I hope this coming-of-age story set in the stormy sixties reminds readers of every generation that the path out of innocence is always a one-way journey—and one we never forget.

A synopsis of The Skinny Years:

Surfers, soul brothers, hippies, and thugs— they’re all part of Victor “Skinny” Delgado’s world growing up in Miami during the turbulent 1960s. Fleeing the Castro regime in Cuba, Skinny’s once-wealthy family moves from a mansion in Havana to a roach-infested bungalow in Miami’s low-rent Wynwood district. Over the next ten years the Delgados struggle to survive in this strange new land—a place where fat men in red suits enter your home through the chimney, demons appear at the door begging for candy, and young women go on dates without chaperones. There’s only one constant in Skinny's world as he grows from 8 to 18. He longs in vain for the girl of his dreams: his neighbor Janice Bockman who seems everything American—and everything he’s not.

Advance reviews:

"Vivid, engaging, well-paced, with compelling characters. A terrific book."
  Ralph Keyes, best-selling author of Is There Life After High School?

"As nervy and improbable as Oliver Twist and The Goldfinch. And that's saying a lot."  — Rebecca Coffey, journalist, humorist and author of Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story

Coming in June. Want a reminder email?

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The novel will be available in hardbound, paperback and eBook editions.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

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