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Dogfight: a Love Story by Matt Burgess

Recommended by Jeff in Technical Services…

Jeff’s synopsis:
Alfredo is a small time drug dealer living with his pregnant girlfriend in his parent’s house in Queens. He is trying to score some drugs and organize a dogfight to honor his brother Jose’s release from prison and also soften him up since Alfredo stole Jose’s girlfriend. Jose in the meanwhile has converted to Islam and changed his name to Tariq. He has a list of things he would like to do upon his release, such as eating two slices of Gianni’s pizza and watching the Met’s game with his family, that doesn’t include drugs and dogfights.

He says:
What sets this apart from other similar novels are the descriptions of the streets of Queens, New York and the humor that comes through, such as the time the brothers come together to tease their father. This is a story of two brothers and the bond they share but also the battles they have with each other.