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Quick Take: The Five Acts of Diego León
A boy flees the violence of the Mexican Revolution and ends up as a silver screen Romeo
Orphaned as a boy, Diego León eventually flees the violence of the Mexican Revolution—and the prospect of an arranged marriage. The year is 1927, and he lands in Los Angeles, where he’s reincarnated as a Latin lover on the silver screen. Even as we mourn the loss of Diego’s innocence, Alex Espinoza’s vivid storytelling in The Five Acts of Diego León leads us through a hall of mirrors that’s as fragmented and multifaceted as identity itself. (Random House, 320 pages, $26)