Citizen Cárdenas Garners Indy B.R.A.G Medallion and Online Book Club Four-Star Review
I am honored that my novel, Citizen Cárdenas has been named a reciipient of the Indie B.R.A.G. Medallion, a designation awarded to only 20 percent of applicants.
Citizen Cárdenas is a story about people caught in the cross-hairs of gentrification. On the one hand is the protagonist of this story, Cuban immigrant, Vietnam veteran, and ex-gang member Jesus “Gato” Cárdenas, who at times becomes homeless through no fault of his own. Others, like second generation Greeks, George and Alexia Demas, homeowners with professional careers, can afford to stay but are torn because many friends were forced to move and the newcomers are harder to get to know. During one bout of homelessness, the Demas’s let Gato stay in their home until his government assistance is reinstated. . . .
Readers may ask, what motivates the Demases, to help a man so different than themselves. Is it because their own parents were immigrants and struggled to make ends meet? Is it the religious values of their Greek Orthodox upbringing? Is it their involvement with the politics of empowerment when the disparity of Chicago’s have and have-not communities led to the election of that City’s first African-American mayor? Or is it the very human need to build family and community? Read More
Steve Cole’s literary novel, Citizen Cárdenas, presents the story of a homeless Cuban immigrant, Jesus “Gato” Cárdenas surviving early 2000’s Chicago with the help of his chosen “Mami” and “Dadi”, Alexia and George Demas.
In the novel, Gato is described as “down, but never out,” and we meet him during a particularly luckless episode: Social Security wrongly assumes he died and would withhold his benefits check and back pay until . . . Read More
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