The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz


Salvador, whose gay Mexican-American father adopted him when he was three, finds his world turned upside down when his grandmother Mima is diagnosed with cancer, his best friend Samantha moves in with him and his streetwise gay friend Fito becomes homeless. Complicating matters, Sal uncharacteristically gets into several fist fights and wonders if he inherited violent tendencies from his biological father. When his dad gives him a letter his dead mother left him, Sal hesitates to open it, thinking it might be better to leave that chapter of his life closed. In short journal-like chapters and text messages, this novel reveals a story of love, loss and the value of family. Sáenz, author of the award winning Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, has a distinctively lyrical prose style and includes his thought provoking philosophical musings throughout the book.

Clarion Books, March 7, 2017, 452 pages, HS.

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