Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Writer With Extraordinary Skill

Any good book will grab you and take you into new places. Each good book does it in its own way. The other week I finished one of those special books, Daniel Alarcon's At Night We Walk in Circles. Alarcon is a powerful young writer. He is of Latino background and writes of an unnamed South American country. He is part of a new Latino literature building on the work of many of the greats of the last 50 or so years.

In this latest book, his 2nd novel, he has honed his craft brilliantly. His language flows with beauty and depth. His descriptions are simple and simply engaging. His ability to build a story and release bits and pieces of characters and information is almost mystical. It unfolds like a mystery revealed, one page, one sentence at a time.

His earlier novel, Lost City Radio held the promise of his excellence. He brings it to light in Circles. Don't miss it.

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