Aya de Leon’s “Side Chick Nation”


I can’t believe we missed this book last year—Aya de Leon’s Side Chick Nation, which is part of her Justice Hustlers series (sounds like a fun read). It was advertised as the first novel published about Hurricane María in Puerto Rico. Andi Zeisler (Bitch magazine) says, “Staking out space for women of color in the heist-fiction genre, Aya de León’s smart, sly writing is a knockout.” The author, who has published both poetry and prose, is of Puerto Rican, West Indian, and African-American heritage.

Description: She’s beautiful, unpredictable—and on the run from dangerous men. But this ex-side chick is ready to risk everything to help others in trouble . . .

Fed up with her married Miami boyfriend, savvy Dulce has no problem stealing his
drug-dealer stash and fleeing to her family in the Caribbean. But when she gets bored in rural Santo Domingo, she escapes on a sugar daddy adventure to Puerto Rico. Her new life is one endless party, until she’s caught in Hurricane Maria—and witnesses the brutal collision of colonization and climate change, as well as the international vultures who plunder the tragedy for a financial killing, making shady use of relief funds to devastate the island even more. Broke, traumatized, and stranded, Dulce’s only chance to get back to New York may be a sexy, crusading journalist who’s been pursuing her. But is she hustling him or falling for him?

Meanwhile, New York-based mastermind thief Marisol already has her hands full fleecing a ruthless CEO who’s stealing her family’s land in Puerto Rico, while trying to get her relatives out alive after the hurricane. An extra member in her crew could be game-changing, but she’s wary of Dulce’s unpredictability and reputation for drama. Still, Dulce’s determination to get justice draws Marisol in, along with her formidable Lower East Side Women’s Health Clinic’s heist squad. But their race-against-the-clock plan is soon complicated by powerful men who turn deadly when ex-side chicks step out of the shadows and demand to call the shots . . .

Source: https://www.amazon.com/Side-Chick-Nation-Justice-Hustlers/dp/1496715799

For more on the author, see https://ayadeleon.wordpress.com/

Also see a recent article by Aya de León at https://crimereads.com/american-dirt-is-the-latest-shot-fired-in-the-genre-wars/

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