The Skinny Years

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A quirky, bittersweet coming of age in the stormy 1960s - See below for more

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"Gritty and witty. A complex, humorous, and utterly absorbing coming-of-age tale."
(Five-star rated) Foreword Reviews - Monica Carter

"Vivid, engaging, well-paced, with compelling characters. A terrific book.”
Ralph Keyes, best-selling author of Is There Life After High School?

"As nervy and improbable as 'Oliver Twist' and 'The Goldfinch.' And that's saying a lot."
Rebecca Coffey, journalist, humorist and author of Hysterical: Anna Freud's Story

"An uplifting and entertaining tale."
Vick Mickunas, host of Book Nook on NPR/WYSO

"Illuminates, with grace and wit, both one boy's passage and the complex story of Cuba's exiles."
John Thorndike, author The Last of His Mind

"Readers will love the characters, the fast pace, and the realistic setting that frames the story. It’s an emotionally packed coming of age tale that is destined to be a classic. "
Maria Ferrer, Latina Book Club (Book of the Month selection)


Surfers, soul brothers, hippies, and thugs — they’re all part of Victor “Skinny” Delgado’s world growing up in Miami during the turbulent 1960s. Fleeing the Castro regime in Cuba, Skinny’s once-wealthy family moves from a mansion in Havana to a roach-infested bungalow in Miami’s low-rent Wynwood district. Over the next ten years the Delgados struggle to survive in this strange new land—a place where fat men in red suits enter your home through the chimney, demons appear at the door begging for candy, and young women go on dates without chaperones. There’s only one constant in Skinny's world as he grows from 8 to 18. He longs in vain for the girl of his dreams: his neighbor Janice Bockman who seems everything American—and everything he’s not.




Best Novel Award Winner - International Latino Book Awards

Violet Crown Awards Fiction Finalist, Writers League of Texas

Books Into Movies Award Winner - presented by Edward James Olmos

USA Today Summer Reads Author

LATINA Magazine "10 Hottest Summer Reads" Author

Listed among "Best Hispanic Writers of the 21st century" by

Ohioana Book Festival Featured Author

Amazon Best-Selling Author