The King Is Always Above the People

The King Is Always Above the People

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"A slyly political collection of stories about immigration, broken dreams, Los Angeles gang members, Latin American families, and other tales of high stakes journeys, from the award-winning author of War by Candlelight and At Night We Walk in Circles. Migration. Betrayal. Family secrets. Doomed love. Uncertain futures. In Daniel Alarcon's hands, these are transformed into deeply human stories with high stakes. In "The Thousands," people are on the move and forging new paths; hope and heartbreak abound. A man deals with the fallout of his blind relatives' mysterious deaths and his father's mental breakdown and incarceration in "The Bridge." A gang member discovers a way to forgiveness and redemption through the haze of violence and trauma in "The Ballad of Rocky Rontal." And in the tour de force novella, "The Auroras", a man severs himself from his old life and seeks to make a new one in a new city, only to find himself seduced and controlled by a powerful woman. Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar in this new world"--
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, [2017]
ISBN: 9781594631726
1594631727
Branch Call Number: FIC ALARCON 2017
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 22 cm

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What circumstances make us who we are, and how much can we change? A smart and understated collection that puts some new twists on old-fashioned identity crises.


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Aug 13, 2018

Well written.

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