Lost City Radio
By Daniel Alarcon
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780060594817, 257pp.)
Publication Date: February 2008
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For ten years, Norma has been the on-air voice of consolation and hope for the Indians in the mountains and the poor from the barrios--a people broken by war's violence. As the host of Lost City Radio, she reads the names of those who have disappeared--those whom the furiously expanding city has swallowed. Through her efforts lovers are reunited and the lost are found. But in the aftermath of the decadelong bloody civil conflict, her own life is about to forever change--thanks to the arrival of a young boy from the jungle who provides a cryptic clue to the fate of Norma's vanished husband.
“…Alarcón’s novel eloquently fuses passion, violence, and societal trepidation at offending the ruling party. Grade: A-”
“Alarcón has mapped a whole nation and given its war-torn history real depth--an impressive feat.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“[An] ambitious first novel...Alarcon’s successfully and nimbly handled portrayal of war’s lingering consequences.”
“The idea of remembering - and its dangers - permeates the book...powerful and ambitious.”
“Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity.”
-Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto
“...one of the most exciting and ambitious writers to emerge in recent years.”
-Colm Toibin, bestselling author of THE MASTER and two-time Booker Prize finalist
“Alarcon’s prose is quick and beautiful. This is a first novel that needs to be read.”
-Uzodinma Iweala, author of BEASTS OF NO NATION
“[A] thoughtful, engaging first novel ...With the publication of Lost City Radio, Alarcón is off and running.”
-Jonathan Yardley for the Washington Post Book World