Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

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"The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse-by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals-propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these characters that most would write off as utterly irredeemable, forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village. Like Roberto Bolaño's 2666 or Faulkner's greatest novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with mythology and violence-real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it's a world that becomes more terrifying and more terrifyingly real the deeper you explore it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2020
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9780811228039 hardcover ; acid-free paper
0811228037 hardcover ; acid-free paper
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Branch Call Number: FIC MELCHOR
Characteristics: 210 pages ; 21 cm

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Aug 05, 2020

This book is nuts. Set in a small Mexican town, it opens with the brutal murder of the local "witch," whose body is found by some local boys. The narrative voice is fast, furious, and truly filthy. Don't read this if you're squeamish. There's lots of violence and lots and lots of nasty sex. Also, she doesn't believe in paragraphs, which gives it a kind of drunken stream of consciousness feel. Imagine Burroughs and Gabriel Marquez getting smashed on weed and Mezcal in a dive cantina, and you might get the idea. Recommended with caveats.

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