A Spy in the Struggle

Aya de León’s novel isn’t just about a rock-ribbed conservative whose eyes are opened; it soon morphs into something darker and more kinetic.

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Review of ‘A Spy in the Struggle’

Environmental racism, police and FBI malfeasance, gentrification and other social injustices are front and center in Aya de León’s novel A Spy in the Struggle. Even COVID-19 makes a brief appearance. All of these of-the-moment elements come together to make up a compulsive tale set in Holloway, a poor but proud neighborhood near San Francisco.

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