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The King Is Always Above the People
A master of the short story returns in this virtuoso collection. For readers of Adam Johnson, Anthony Marra, Juan Gabriel Vasquez.
Ten years ago, Daniel Alarcon burst onto the literary scene with War by Candlelight, a story collection that heralded a voice of a generation. And now, a decade later, the world a different place, he returns to the genre with this spell-binding, slyly political book that cracks open fresh territory and perspectives.
Migration. Betrayal. Family history. Art. Doomed love. In Alarcon’s hands, these topics are taken to heights of emotion and revelation. In “The Thousands,” people are on the move and forging into new lands, hopes and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives’ mysterious deaths and his father’s mental break down and incarceration in “The Bridge.” And in the tour de force story, “The Auroras”, a man severs from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself acting out the manipulations and desires of a powerful woman.
Deeply humane and richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, these stories reveal a time and a place that is both foreign and yet eerily familiar. Throughout the book, you are in the hands of an accomplished master.
Publish Date: 10/31/2017
ISBN: 9781594631726, 1594631727