With stolen cash and tickets booked through a shady travel agency, Marlon Cruz and his girlfriend, Reina, have smuggled themselves out of Colombia and into the United States. But on their first night in New York City, they lose each other, and Marlon finds himself cast into the city's immigrant underworld, alone. As he searches for Reina in the bars and boarding houses where illegals congregate, the story of their harrowing cross over the border is retold, mapping the arc of a relationship that has transformed him into a reluctant immigrant.
""Jorge Franco writes in an addictive, riddling style that's driven by sexual tension, suspense, and a propulsive . . . interior monologue of despair . . . A complex portrayal of the immigrant experience.""--Time Out New York
""Compact and compulsively readable . . . tight and skillfully plotted.""--The Christian Science Monitor
""Engagingly noirish . . . Franco's purity and his tough-tender voice, ably preserved in Katherine Silver's translation, give Franco's novel its own kind of magic.""--The New York Times Book Review
""Paradise Travel is cinematic, its story jazzily fractured in the way of Pulp Fiction or The Limey. . . . If you're in the mood for a moody noir--plot clean and tight, atmosphere thick with grime--then this Colombian novelist has a handsome book for you.""--Entertainment Weekly
""Paradise Travel, a cautionary tale of the pitfalls of immigration, also relates a story of young love that would be tragic in any country. Illuminating the often-overlooked emotional consequences of migration, where legal realties like visas and green cards clash with the facts of the human hart, Paradise Travel is finally, a story about the dangerous journey of love.""--St. Petersburg Times
""[The] experience of love and loss is the core of being human, and this book captures it. . . . There is a subtle irony to the whole novel, from the choice of names to the way the humor plays, that is wonderfully captured by Katherine Silver in this translation. Paradise Travel may not be magical realism, but it is picaresque and romantic, reminding one of Dante and Cervantes.""--Los Angeles Times