The Racquet

George Hitchcock, Author Story Line Press $19.95 (220p) ISBN 978-0-934257-54-1
What happens when a slightly naive, 22-year-old, Mexican-born Uruguayan tennis pro (ranked 224th in the world) makes his first passage through the United States? Basically, one misadventure after another. Nothing, however, can dim narrator Cesar-Agosto Villasenor's spirits as he travels down the West Coast en route to his sister's wedding in Ensenada, Mexico. Everyone Agosto meets has a scam: and, naturally, he becomes involved in each of them--but a comic spirit prevails as Agosto's blend of innocence and optimism enables him to stay one jump ahead of disaster. Hitchcock ( Another Shore ) maintains a carnival atmosphere with a parade of characters and episodes, including a tax attorney who is a powerful warlock and the spirit of a 150-year-old Modoc Indian chief. Things are wrapped up a little too quickly at the end, when a somewhat wiser Agosto assures the reader the next time he visits the U.S., he will be more cautious. But then, he has yet to experience the East Coast. (May)
Reviewed on: 08/02/1993
Release date: 08/01/1993
Genre: Fiction
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