like son


“A must read book.”
-Latina Magazine

“Lemus doesn’t waste a word in this smart, never sentimental novel.”
Publishers Weekly

“Felicia Luna Lemus is a literary alchemist: she combines words that you never before thought could exist in the same sentence. She breaks all the rules and makes you wonder why you thought there were any. But enough about her style…The characters in Like Son are truly original creations—it would take a heart of stone not to love them.”
-Vendela Vida, author of The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty and co-founder of The Believer Magazine

Like Son is a love story that, like a psychic’s trick, leaves nothing unbent: not gender, not culture north and south of the border, not time, or friendship, not even love itself. Don’t try to understand how it happens; just watch, and be amazed.”
-Paul La Farge, author of The Night Ocean and Haussmann, or the Distinction

Like Son moves on the wings of a soulful, visceral kind of androgyny. Old men, young men, hot girls—all step forward and sing from their stuttering hearts. Like Son is one terrific read.”
-Eileen Myles, author of I Must Be Living Twice and Chelsea Girls

“Felicia Luna Lemus’ fresh yet plain-spoken prose roots us in today’s sad and sweeping chaos, as hope, love, and wild myth propel her unique characters into an unknown future. Like Son is a sweet song of a story.”
-Michelle Tea, author of How to Grow Up and Valencia

Like Son is revelatory: a truly original exploration of the complex relationships that shape a wonderfully complicated protagonist. This is intimate storytelling of the best kind.”
-Joe Meno, author of Hairstyles of the Damned and Office Girl


Meet Frank Cruz: post-punk, trans, and on the brink of inheriting his father’s complex legacy.

On his deathbed, Frank’s father leaves him a crumbling photograph of a mysterious woman with a piercing gaze. The portrait, taken by legendary Edward Weston, is of Nahui Olin, the enigmatic member of the 1920s Mexican avant-garde named for the ancient Aztec apocalypse. Frank learns that, although largely forgotten by history, Nahui once left an earth-shattering and enduring mark upon the Cruz family.

Portrait in hand, Frank flees Los Angeles for New York City to start anew. There, in the East Village of the mid-1990s, he meets the hauntingly familiar and magnetic Nathalie. They fall in love. And live happily ever after. Until, seven years later, on a clear September morning, the skyline comes crashing down and Frank finds himself smack in the middle of his predestined fate.

(Akashic Books, 2007)

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