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Say Hello to My Little Friend

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529415537

Price: £20

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Scarface meets Moby Dick in this groundbreaking, darkly comic novel about a young man’s attempt to capitalize on his mother’s murky legacy – a story steeped in Miami’s marvelous and sinister magic.

Failed Pitbull impersonator Ismael Reyes – you can call him Izzy – might not be the Scarface type, but why should that keep him from trying? Growing up in Miami has shaped him into someone who dreams of being the King of the 305, with the money, power, and respect he assumes comes with it. After finding himself at the mercy of a cease-and-desist letter from Pitbull’s legal team and living in his aunt’s garage-turned-efficiency, Izzy embarks on an absurd quest to turn himself into a modern-day Tony Montana.

When Izzy’s efforts lead him to the tank that houses Lolita, a captive orca at the Miami Seaquarium, she proves just how powerful she and the water surrounding her really are -permeating everything from Miami’s sinking streets to Izzy’s memories to the very heart of the novel itself. What begins as Izzy’s story turns into a super-saturated fever dream as sprawling and surreal as the Magic City, one as sharp as an iguana’s claws, and as menacing as a killer whale’s teeth. As the truth surrounding Izzy’s boyhood escape from Cuba surfaces, the novel reckons with the forces of nature, with the limits and absence of love, and with the dangers of pursuing a tragic inheritance.

Wildly narrated and expertly rendered, Say Hello to My Little Friend is Jennine Capó Crucet’s most daring, heart-breaking, and fearless book yet.

Praise for Jennine Capó Crucet

‘This is definitely a young writer to watch for-sassy, smart, with an unerring ear for a community’s voices, its losses, its over-the-top extravagances, and its poignant struggles to understand itself in a new land’ JULIA ALVAREZ

Jennine Capó Crucet is a wonderful writer… wise and honest… furious and funny’ LAUREN GROFF

Jennine Capó Crucet is an electrifying new talent-she’s funny, she’s smart, and she knows how to tell great stories’ CURTIS SITTENFELD


Crucet is an essential truth-teller, the whisper in your ear you should listen to, wise and funny as she tries to save your life-and this book is a triumph.
Jennine Capó Crucet is an electrifying new talent-she's funny, she's smart, and she knows how to tell great stories
Jennine Capó Crucet is a wonderful writer... wise and honest... furious and funny
LAUREN GROFF, author of Fates and Furies and Matrix
I literally couldn't put this book down. Bold, surprising, moving and very funny. A story about the dreams and desires and histories buried inside our minds and bodies, our families and cities. Capó Crucet is a writer of immense talent and range
Charles Yu, author of National Book Award Winner Interior Chinatown
Say Hello to My Little Friend is superb. It's a rare thing to see a novelist so fully in control of such disparate elements. The voice is astonishing: wry, knowing, erudite, even metafictional when necessary, and the plot it relates is irresistible. This is high level world-building. So much so that it feels both wildly inventive but also like the kind of novel only an artist directly descending from immigrants to this country could birth, one that respectfully and skillfully transmutes the literary and historical past but always through the prism of our all-powerful American pop culture. The result is that truly rare object, a novel that helps us better sense that secret hum of art and love undergirding human existence
Sergio de la Pava, award-winning author or A Naked Singularity and Lost Empress
Say Hello to My Little Friend is a masterclass in pace and precision. Crucet can make you cry before you've even realized you've become invested and make you laugh even through the hurt. Brilliant
Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, National Book Award Finalist of Chain Gang All Stars
Both Ismael and the whale are singularly compelling characters, and both will break your heart. Unclassifiable and unforgettable.
A pacey, knowing, smartly insightful read that is laugh-out funny and desperately sad.
Marie Claire