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The King Is Always Above the People

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By Daniel Alarcon

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Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Published In: United States, 31 October 2017
"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"--

About the Author

Daniel Alarcon is the author of At Night We Walk in Circles, which was a finalist for the 2014 Pen-Faulkner Award, as well as the story collection War by Candlelight, the novel Lost City Radio, and the graphic novel City of Clowns. His writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Granta, n+1, and Harpers, and he was named one of the New Yorker's "20 Under 40." He is Executive Producer of "Radio Ambulante," distributed by NPR, and is an assistant professor of broadcast journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism in New York.

Reviews

"These stories explore immigration, family loyalty and redemption. Alarcon throws his characters into high-stakes situations to draw out humanity where it seems little hope is left." --The Washington Post "[S]howcases his talent as a master storyteller. In 10 vivid, captivating stories, Alarcon explores immigration, family relationships, secrets, betrayal, hope, love, heartbreak, forgiveness, and redemption." --Buzzfeed "[S]mart, political and incredibly engaging... Alarcon introduces readers to countless unforgettable characters along the way." --Nylon (25 Books to Read this Fall) "Vividly realized characters encounter family secrets, uncertain futures, ill-fated love and redemption." --Chicago Tribune "[C]omplicated stories, told with consummate skill." --BBC "Spellbinding... Alarcon has a true gift for packing details and significance into short scenes. . . Every portrait is so memorable and sharply written that it lingers in your mind and tests your ability to confront the intense predicaments we all find ourselves in at one point or another." --Cup of Jo "Superb... Throughout the collection, Alarcon writes with a spellbinding voice and creates a striking cast of characters. Each narrative lands masterfully and memorably, showcasing Alarcon's immense talent." --Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW) "Dynamic novelist and journalist Alarcon delivers a collection of loosely affiliated short stories, each buzzing and alive...Alarcon's gift for generating real, tangible characters propels readers through his recognizable yet half-real worlds." --Booklist "A smart and understated collection that puts some new twists on old-fashioned identity crises." --Kirkus Praise for Daniel Alarcon "His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination--with characters that live long after the book is closed." --The Washington Post "Daniel Alarcon is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze." --ZZ Packer "Daniel Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity." --Ann Patchett Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles "Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work." --The New York Times Book Review "Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you." --The Washington Post "Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it." --Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times "Masterful... A profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience." --Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle "Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience." --The Miami Herald "Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle." --The Boston Globe "[S]howcases his talent as a master storyteller. In 10 vivid, captivating stories, Alarcon explores immigration, family relationships, secrets, betrayal, hope, love, heartbreak, forgiveness, and redemption." --Buzzfeed "[S]mart, political and incredibly engaging... Alarcon introduces readers to countless unforgettable characters along the way." --Nylon (25 Books to Read this Fall) "Vividly realized characters encounter family secrets, uncertain futures, ill-fated love and redemption." --Chicago Tribune "Superb... Throughout the collection, Alarcon writes with a spellbinding voice and creates a striking cast of characters. Each narrative lands masterfully and memorably, showcasing Alarcon's immense talent." --Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW) "A smart and understated collection that puts some new twists on old-fashioned identity crises." --Kirkus Praise for Daniel Alarcon "His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination--with characters that live long after the book is closed." --The Washington Post "Daniel Alarcon is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze." --ZZ Packer "Daniel Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity." --Ann Patchett Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles "Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work." --The New York Times Book Review "Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you." --The Washington Post "Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it." --Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times "Masterful... A profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience." --Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle "Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience." --The Miami Herald "Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle." --The Boston Globe Praise for The King Is Always Above the People "Superb... Throughout the collection, Alarcon writes with a spellbinding voice and creates a striking cast of characters. Each narrative lands masterfully and memorably, showcasing Alarcon's immense talent." --Publishers Weekly (STARRED REVIEW) "A smart and understated collection that puts some new twists on old-fashioned identity crises." --Kirkus Praise for Daniel Alarcon "His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination--with characters that live long after the book is closed." --The Washington Post "Daniel Alarcon is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze." --ZZ Packer "Daniel Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity." --Ann Patchett Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles "Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work." --The New York Times Book Review "Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you." --The Washington Post "Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it." --Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times "Masterful... A profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience." --Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle "Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience." --The Miami Herald "Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle." --The Boston Globe Praise for Daniel Alarcon "His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination--with characters that live long after the book is closed." --The Washington Post "Daniel Alarcon is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze." --ZZ Packer "Daniel Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity." --Ann Patchett Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles "Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work." --The New York Times Book Review "Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you." --The Washington Post "Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it." --Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times "Masterful... A profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience." --Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle "Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience." --The Miami Herald "Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle." --The Boston Globe Praise for Daniel Alarcon -His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination--with characters that live long after the book is closed.- --The Washington Post -Daniel Alarcon is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze.- --ZZ Packer -Daniel Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity.- --Ann Patchett Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles -Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work.- --The New York Times Book Review -Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you.- --The Washington Post -Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it.- --Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times -Masterful... A profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience.- --Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle -Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience.- --The Miami Herald -Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle.- --The Boston Globe Praise for Daniel Alarcon "His tales build with all the power of a Flannery O'Connor story: a gentle enough start, an innocent setting, and before long the reader is adrift in a drama that defies the imagination--with characters that live long after the book is closed." --The Washington Post "Daniel Alarcon is a storyteller whose wisdom outpaces his youth, and whose talent is already ablaze." --ZZ Packer "Daniel Alarcon writes about subterfuge, lies, and the arbitrary recreation of history with a masterful clarity." --Ann Patchett Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles "Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work." --The New York Times Book Review "Consistently compelling . . . Alarcon's smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you." --The Washington Post "Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it." --Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times "Masterful... A profound meditation on how identity is less a fixed substance within us than an ever-shifting performance in reaction to a perceived audience." --Anthony Marra, San Francisco Chronicle "Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcon's tremendous talent to a wider audience." --The Miami Herald "Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle." --The Boston Globe

EAN: 9781594631726
ISBN: 1594631727
Publisher: Riverhead Books
Dimensions: 20.96 x 13.97 x 1.6 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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