Daniel Alarcon, At Night We Walk in Circles

11/08/2013 5:30 pm

The breakout book from a prizewinning young writer: a breathtaking, suspenseful story of one man's obsessive search to find the truth of another man's downfall.

Nelson's life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man, his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother, and his acting career can't seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of "The Idiot President," a legendary play by Nelson's hero, Henry Nunez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that's when the real trouble begins.

The tour takes Nelson out of the shelter of the city and across a landscape he's never seen, which still bears the scars of the civil war. With each performance, Nelson grows closer to his fellow actors, becoming hopelessly entangled in their complicated lives, until, during one memorable performance, a long-buried betrayal surfaces to force the troupe into chaos.

Nelson's fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson's story--and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcon delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.

Daniel Alarcon's debut story collection, War by Candlelight, was a finalist for the 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award. He has received a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Award, and has been named by Granta magazine one of the Best American Novelists under thirty-five. He is the associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, an award-winning monthly magazine published in his native Lima, Peru. He lives in Oakland, California.

Praise for Daniel Alarcon

"Nabokov says that imagination is a form of memory, and this novel is a perfect example of this claim. In writing about a place, its people and its history, Daniel Alarcon's memory catches the evanescent details of everyday life, while his imagination, never for a moment blurred, creates a powerful story with so many intricate characters. This is a novel written with extraordinary vision and wisdom."
--Yiyun Li

"This is a devastatingly good novel and a masterful work by a gifted storyteller. Via the tangled lives of a small group of Peruvian actors, and in clear, compelling prose, Daniel Alarcon weaves a suspenseful tale about illusion and longing, love and denial -- about all the kinds of human exile."
--Jon Lee Anderson

"A prodigious talent."
--The Washington Post Book World

"One of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years."
--Colm Toibin

"Alarcon, like the best storytellers, reveals to us that the world we have secreted in our hearts spins in a bigger universe with other hearts just as good and just as bad as our own."
--Edward P. Jones

"Reading Alarcon feels like witnessing the arrival of a John Steinbeck or Gabriel Garcia Marquez."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

$27.95
ISBN-13: 9781594631719
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Hardcover, 10/2013

$16.00
ISBN-13: 9780805087147
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Griffin, 4/2010

Lost City Radio (Paperback)

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9780060594817
Availability: In Stock at Warehouse – Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harper Perennial, 2/2008

Location: 
Street:
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
City:
Albuquerque
,
Province:
New Mexico
Postal Code:
87107-3157
Country:
United States




  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • FourSquare
  • Pinterest
  • Google Plus

Jamie Anderson, Nov. 25, 7pm
Drive All Night, the life of a touring musician

Manuel Gonzales, Nov. 26, 7pm
But My Friends Call Me Burque

Alayna Roche, Nov. 29, 10:30 am
Fiona the Funkadelic Freckle Fairy, for kids

Mark Stevens, Nov. 29, 3pm
Trapline, a new thriller

Renato Rosaldo, Dec. 1, 7pm
The Day of Shelly's Death, ethnographic poetry

Paul Citrin, Dec. 2, 7pm
Lights in the Forest, on Judaism

Brian Hendrickson, Dec. 3, 7pm
Of Small Children and Other Poor Swimmers

Darynda Jones, Dec. 5, 7pm
Seventh Grave and No Body

Jeffe Kennedy, Dec. 5, 7pm
Twelve Kingdoms: The Tears of the Rose

Kinky Friedman, Dec. 6, 7:30 pm
The Prisoner of Vandam Street
Jewish Community Center
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE
$36 Brown Paper Tickets


Richard Rohr, Dec. 7, 1pm
Eager to Love, on Francis of Assisi

Nasario Garcia, Dec. 7, 3pm
Grandma Lale's Tamales, for children


Gyasi Ross, Dec. 8, 7pm
How to Say I Love You in Indian

Terry Tempest & Brooke Williams
The Story of My Heart, Dec. 13, 7pm
ABQ Academy, 6400 Wyoming Blvd NE

Paul Graborn, Jan. 6, 7pm
Seeking Light, conflict photography

John Kremer, January 10, 3pm
Book Publicity 101

Lynne Hinton, January 11, 3pm
Sister Eye, Private Eye, new mystery

Maggie Hall, January 15, 7pm
The Conspiracy of Us, new YA fiction

Susan Nunn, January 17, 3pm
Song of the Earth, new fiction


Laura Sanchez, January 18, 3pm
Killer Miracle, new mystery

Philip Connors, February 19, 7pm
All the Wrong Places, a memoir

Gabrielle Zevin, February 25, 7pm
The Storied Life of AJ Fikry

 

Hannah Nordhaus, March 12, 7pm
American Ghost, new fiction 

 

Kirstin Valdez Quade, March 25, 7pm
Night at the Fiestas, new fiction of the SW 

 

William DeBuys, April 1, 7pm
The Last Unicorn, on rare species

 

Logan Phillips, April 4, 3pm
Sonoran Strange, new poetry