“The novel succeeds as a powerful elegy for a vanishing world and captures the dying light of a radical moment.”
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Just finished The King is Always above the people by Daniel Alacorn. This is a book of ten short stories and it was recently long listed for this years National Book Award.
The stories all take place in Latin countries. They range from a 2 page minimalist story to a story called Abraham Lincoln has been shot, which is sort of written in the same mode as The Underground Railroad, making an historical story into a revisionist history.
There is a story about a gang member who must take revenge for another killing, which he knows will destroy his family. Another story tells of a Father and Son who must return to their hometown to settle his uncle’s Estate.