Rocky Rivera arrives in the U.S. from the Philippines the year that Jimi Hendrix dies. So begins a blazing coming-of-age story suffused with the tensions of immigration that finds Rocky moving from the counterculture of 1960s San Francisco to the extravagant 1980s Manhattan music scene. The Gangster of Love tells the story of the Rivera family as they make their new life in the States - all the while haunted by the memory of the father and the homeland they left behind. Among its members are Rocky's haughty mother, Milagros, who has impulsively left her husband; Voltaire, her brother, prone to heavy depression and odd friendships with strangers; and Rocky herself, unsure about sex and worshipful of her boyfriend - the guitar-playing Elvis Chang - who must learn to find reality amidst the myths and lures of American success and idolatry.
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