Don't Let Me Die in Disneyland: The 3-D Life of Eddie Loperena, by J.A. Marzán
A picaresque, smart, and smartass memoir of Harvard lawyer Eddie Loperena’s Newyorican life in “the country I was offered.”
Brought to New York from Puerto Rico when he was seven, Eddie Loperena grew up dreaming of returning to his island paradise.
As he approaches forty, the loss of his wife and his business partner have landed Eddie at a crossroads, so he closes his legal practice when he gets a call from his estranged boyhood friend Carlos, now a well-known drug dealer. Carlos
extracts a favor from Eddie to hold two suitcases full of “valuable papers.”
Surviving a vindictive D.A.’s threat to prosecute, citywide rumors that he has disappeared with his friend’s illicit money, and a media circus intent to cast the complex situation into a two-dimensional context, Eddie decides to write the third dimension of a tragicomic satire of the seventies, of the island of his birth that cast him adrift, and of his minority membership in “the country I was offered.”
J.A. Marzán, a graduate of Fordham U., (B.A.), Columbia U. (M.F.A), and New York U. (Ph.D.), was Poet Laureate of Queens, N.Y. from 2004-2007. His novel, The Bonjour Gene, was a University of Wisconsin Press submission to the 2004 Pulitzer Prize.
Nonfiction credits include: The Spanish American Roots of William Carlos Williams, (U. Texas Press). Poetry credits include: Translations without Originals (English) and Puerta de Tierra (Spanish). Poems in English appear in several editions of various college texts, among them The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Latino Boom, and Literature: Reading to Write and in distinguished journals, among them Ploughshares, Tin House, and Harper's Magazine.
A profile of him was published in the fall 2009 issue of Columbia Magazine.
J.A. Marzán makes his home in Queens, New York.