A transplant from Puerto Rico and a Navy man, José Mercado rejected his early artistic impulses in order to enlist in the military. He is still a lover of poetry and art, and though his eyes are failing him and he requires the help of a walker to get around, he is a staple of Redwood Apartments and a regular fixture at community gatherings.
José Mercado Character Timeline in The Book of Unknown Americans
The timeline below shows where the character José Mercado appears in The Book of Unknown Americans. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 21: José Mercado
Chapter 26: Mayor
Chapter 27: Alma