Pedro's Theory: Reimagining the Promised Land (Hardcover)
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"A searching memoir . . . A subtle, expertly written repudiation of the American dream in favor of something more inclusive and more realistic."—Kirkus, starred review
There are many Pedros living in many Americas . . .
One Pedro goes to a school where they take away his language. Another disappears in the desert, leaving behind only a backpack. A cousin Pedro comes to visit, awakening feelings that others are afraid to make plain. A rumored Pedro goes missing so completely it's as if he were never there.
In Pedro's Theory Marcos Gonsalez explores the lives of these many Pedros, real and imagined. Several are the author himself, while others are strangers, lovers, archetypes, and the men he might have been in other circumstances. All are journeying to some sort of Promised Land, or hoping to discover an America of their own.
With sparkling prose and cutting insights, this brilliant literary debut closes the gap between who the world sees in us and who we see in ourselves. Deeply personal yet inspiringly political, it also brings to life those selves that never get the chance to be seen at all.
About the Author
Marcos Gonsalez is an essayist and professor of literature. His work has appeared in Literary Hub, Inside Higher Education, Ploughshares, Catapult, The New Inquiry, and elsewhere. He lives in New York City.
A most anticipated book of 2021 from LitHub
Named one of 22 LGBTQ+ Books You Absolutely Need to Read This Year by The Advocate
Named one of 10 Books to Be on the Look Out This Month by BeLatina
"A searching memoir . . . A subtle, expertly written repudiation of the American dream in favor of something more inclusive and more realistic." —Kirkus, starred review
"A quietly thrilling read, insightful, and constantly surprising." —The Advocate