"It's clear that [Falero]'s got both talent and ideas to burn. We're going to see more José Falero, and Pedro and Marques gives readers a chance to get in on the ground floor."
—Lily Meyer, NPR
"The book cover identifies it as a picaresque novel . . . a genre focused on crooked characters you can’t help rooting for, whose actions, though unprincipled on paper, are swipes against a system built to keep them down. Pedro and Marques are just that, and their often-larger-than-life adventures offer a wry, razor-sharp commentary on violence, poverty, and corruption under capitalism."
—Arianna Rebolini, Bustle
"[A] vibrant and punchy novel . . . Through Falero’s lovable characters, readers will meditate on violence and respectability within the death-trap of runaway capitalism. Head-on against the grim indignities of an unequal world, Falero’s poetic novel embraces humor and empathy."
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"[Falero's] characters’ yearnings feel palpable, as do the forces limiting their chances for success. A gritty portrait of life on the margins emerges from this well-wrought narrative."
"José Falero masterfully portrays the margins of a poor country in a world that has been globalized since the galleons set sail in the 15th century. A critical, superbly written, tragicomic novel for our times and all time in the history of world literature."
—Paulo Lins, author of City of God
"Pedro and Marques Take Stock is a combustive cocktail of heart and farce. Brazenly, hilariously, Falero stirs together Nietzschean ethics, Tarantino-slick dialogue, and the piquant cynicism of Machado de Assis, then pours it all frothing and jocular through the favelas of modern-day Porto Alegre. The result bites and delights, a skewering of systemic inequality and the hoary rags-to-riches myths that condone global poverty. I knocked this back in one sitting, and can’t wait for round two."
—Jakob Guanzon, author of Abundance
"Gritty, authentic, and unapologetic. A searing portrait of men raging against poverty."
—Futhi Ntshingila, author of We Kiss Them with Rain
"An ironic, precise, detailed account, not only of poverty-induced anguish, but of the guile and creativity needed to build a better world."
—Geovani Martins, author of The Sun on My Head
"With his debut novel, José Falero has cemented himself as one of the most important names in Brazilian literature."
—Jeferson Tenório, author of O avesso da pele