Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere

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UPC: 9781953387240
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Author: Robert Lopez

This book will be released in:
September 2022

TERRITORY: U.S. + Canada sales only
FORMAT: Hardback (Paper-over-board)
LIST PRICE: $24.99
PAGES: 224
PRINT ISBN: 9781953387240
DIGITAL ISBN: 9781953387257
RELEASE DATE: 9/13/2022
SIZE: 5.5" x 7.5"

Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere, by Robert Lopez (Two Dollar Radio)

"Robert Lopez is one of the most exciting writers working today.”
—Jenny Offill, author of Weather and Dept. of Speculation, on A Better Class of People


That I was born Puerto Rican was happenstance, but that I have no connection to what it means is no accident. My grandparents made conscious decisions and so did my father as part of the first generation born here in the States. And none of it bothered me until recently, which is probably why I can’t quite put my finger on any of this. I’m still grappling with what I’ve lost and how I can miss something I’ve never had.

Robert Lopez’s grandfather Sixto was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, in 1904, immigrating to the United States in the 1920s, where he lived in a racially proportioned apartment complex in East New York, Brooklyn, until his death in 1987. The family’s efforts to assimilate within their new homeland led to the near complete erasure of their heritage, culture, and language within two generations.

Little is known of Sixto—he may have been a longshoreman, a painter, or a boxer, but was most likely a longshoreman—or why he originally decided to leave Puerto Rico, other than that he was a meticulously slow eater who played the standup keyboard and guitar, and enjoyed watching baseball. Through family recollection, the constant banter volleyed across nets within Brooklyn’s diverse tennis community, as well as an imagined fabulist history drawn from Sixto’s remembered traits, in Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere: An American Story of Assimilation and Erasure, Robert Lopez paints a compassionate portrait of family that attempts to bridge the past to the present, and re-claim a heritage threatened by assimilation and erasure.


Robert Lopez, author of Dispatches From Puerto Nowhere (Two Dollar Radio, 2022)

Robert Lopez is the author of three novels, Part of the WorldAll Back Full, and Kamby Bolongo Mean River — named one of 25 important books of the decade by HTML Giant, and two story collections, Asunder and Good People. A new novel-in-stories, A Better Class Of People, will be published by Dzanc Books in March 2022. Dispatches from Puerto Nowhere, his first nonfiction book, will be published by Two Dollar Radio in September 2022. His fiction, nonfiction, and poetry has appeared in dozens of publications, including BombThe Threepenny Review, Vice Magazine, New England Review, The Sun, and the Norton Anthology of Sudden Fiction – Latino. He teaches at Stony Brook University and has previously taught at Columbia University, The New School, Pratt Institute, and Syracuse University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Visit his website here: robertlopez.net