Praise for The Gringo Champion
"Its linguistic inventiveness, its joyful storytelling, the beauty of its characters, and its empathy to the experience of economic marginalization and migration make The Gringo Champion
, in my view, one of the most significant and worthwhile novels of 21st-century Mexican literature. "--The Los Angeles Review of Books
"Punches, profanity and streams of offbeat argot fly from the first page of this idiosyncratic debut novel about a Mexican immigrant living on the edge of survival in an unnamed American city."--The New York Times Book Review
"In writing The Gringo Champion
, Xilonen essentially created a new language ('ingeï¿½ol' as some reviewers have named it) that represents the imbricated border culture, and when faced with the task of translating, requested that her translators do the same."--The Rumpus
"[An] exuberant novel...[Xilonen's] cross-cultural background has clearly given her insight into the sometimes surreal experience of being outside one's own culture. She writes with passion about these feelings of dislocation."--The Dallas Morning News
"Like Saul Bellow's Augie March, Liborio's journey illustrates the ascension from unfinished humanity to a humanity measured in the company of others."
"With vulgar idiom brilliantly transformed into art, and cultured diction majestically and cleverly transformed into vulgar parlance, Aura Xilonen surprises readers from the start to the finish of Gringo Champion
with her talent, creativity, and fine sensibilities."