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

$19.99
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)

$13.99
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

Susan Washburn, January 27, 7pm
My Horse, My Self

Rebecca Scherm, January 30, 7pm
Unbecoming, new debut fiction

Juliana Coles, February 1, 3pm
Visual Journaling

Nancy Hollander, February 3, 7pm
Guantanamo Diary, with Teresa Duncan
ABQ Academy Little Theater
6400 Wyoming Blvd NE

Lawrence Welsh, February 7, 5pm
Begging for Vultures, poetry

Valentin Sandoval, February 8, 3pm
South Sun Rises, new poetry

 

Mark Fleisher, February 14, 3pm
Moments of Time, new poetry

James Penner, February 15, 3pm
Timothy Leary: The Harvard Years

Catherine Dowling, February 17, 7pm
Radical Awareness, an engaged life

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

Hester Bass, February 21, 10:30 am
Seeds of Freedom, civil rights for kids

Michael Shermer, February 21, 1:30pm
The Moral Arc, with the NM Coalition for 
Excellence in Science & Math Education
Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle NE

James McGrath Morris, Feb. 22, 3pm
Eye on the Struggle, on Ethel Payne,
the first lady of the black press

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

Jocelyn Buckley, February 26, 7pm
Submerged in the Prophetic

Kim Gordon, March 1, 7pm
Girl in a Band, new memoir
UNM SUB Ballrooms B&C
TICKETS


Lisa See, March 10, 7pm
China Dolls, new fiction in paperback

 

Hannah Nordhaus, March 12, 7pm
American Ghost, a true-life ghost story
in conversation with Sharon Niederman

Michael Finklestein, March 26, 7pm
Slow Medicine, on healing

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

Stuart Woods, April 16, 7pm
Hot Pursuit, new Stone Barrington

Alexander McCall Smith, April 17, 7pm
Emma, A Modern Retelling