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Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd

"Gilberto. Have you heard of? Owen. Joshua Zvorsky and Valeria Luiselli. And a ghost. A vertical novel written horizontally; the New York subway. This is beauty. Old news—in fact, you should read Tell Me How It Ends. Dear Ms. Luiselli, Thank you." 

Annie B.

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Author Valeria Luiselli
Publisher Coffee House Press
Publication Date 2014-05-13
Section Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Annie B.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781566893541

"An extraordinary new literary talent."--The Daily Telegraph "In part a portrait of the artist as a young woman, this deceptively modest-seeming, astonishingly inventive novel creates an extraordinary intimacy, a sensibility so alive it quietly takes over all your senses, quivering through your nerve endings, opening your eyes and heart. Youth, from unruly student years to early motherhood and a loving marriage--and then, in the book's second half, wilder and something else altogether, the fearless, half-mad imagination of youth, I might as well call it--has rarely been so freshly, charmingly, and unforgettably portrayed. Valeria Luiselli is a masterful, entirely original writer."--Francisco Goldman "Luiselli's haunting debut novel, about a young mother living in Mexico City who writes a novel looking back on her time spent working as a translator of obscure works at a small independent press in Harlem, erodes the concrete borders of everyday life with a beautiful, melancholy contemplation of disappearance. . . . Luiselli plays with the idea of time and identity with grace and intuition." --Publishers Weekly In Mexico City, a young mother is writing a novel of her days as a translator living in New York. In Harlem, a translator is desperate to publish the works of Gilberto Owen, an obscure Mexican poet. And in Philadelphia, Gilberto Owen recalls his friendship with Lorca, and the young woman he saw in the windows of passing trains. Valeria Luiselli's debut signals the arrival of a major international writer and an unexpected and necessary voice in contemporary fiction.

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