This novel has been chosen as our "One Book, One Campus" pick.
The Tattooed Soldier by Hector Tobar, a tale of immigration, class, revenge, homelessness and conflicts among the lower rungs of Los Angeles society around the 90s L.A. riots. That's just the take I get from reading various reviews.
Good thing for book clubs like "One Book, One Campus" or Oprah's Book Club or Today Show, etc... They definitely introduce you to books you'd probably never pick up unless recommended by a larger program or celebrity. That's always a good thing.