When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep (Hardcover)

By Sylvia Sellers-Garcia

Riverhead Hardcover, 9781594489549, 336pp.

Publication Date: December 27, 2007



The award-winning debut novel that ?brings to mind the atmosphere and tension of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.?( Katharine Weber, author of "The Little Women")
Nitido Aman knows he was born in Guatemala, but he doesn't know why his family left. Raised in the States by his immigrant parents, they never talked about it. When Nitido loses his father to Alzheimer's disease, his despondent mother grows increasingly silent and Nitido realizes that his links to the past are disappearing.
Seeking answers, Nitido travels to Guatemala against his mother's wishes. Upon his arrival in the small town of Rio Roto, he is mistaken for the new priest, and decides to play the part. From his parishioners, he catches tantalizing and frightening glimpses of the buried history he's aching to know. In a place shrouded in secrets, Nitido is at once determined and frightened to unearth the unnamed horrors it has seen.
With her elegant, hypnotic prose, this marks Sellers- Garcia's arrival as a distinctive new voice in fiction.

About the Author

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia was born in Boston and grew up in the United States and Central America. A graduate of Brown University and a Marshall scholar at Oxford, she has interned at "Harper s" and worked at "The New Yorker"; her fiction has been published in "StoryQuarterly." She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American History at the University of California, Berkeley."