Dr. Brinkley's Tower by Robert Hough
A Novel

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Dr. Brinkley’s Tower moves like an extremely well-oiled machine, juggling and nudging forward all kinds of subplots without ever drawing attention to the muscularity required to do so.
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A riotous tale of love and lust, valor and villainy on the Mexican frontier of the 1930s.

Robert Hough’s vivid and wildly imaginative novel takes us to 1931 Mexico and Corazón de la Fuente, a war-ravaged border town where the only enterprise is a brothel in which every girl is called Maria. Enter, from north of the border, Dr. Romulus Brinkley, inventor of a miraculous “goat gland operation” said to cure sexual impotence. When Brinkley decides to build a gargantuan new radio tower to broadcast his services throughout the United States, he chooses none other than Corazón de la Fuente for its site.

The town’s fortunes change overnight, but not all to the good – word of the new prosperity spreads, and Corazón is overrun with desperadoes and mercenaries itching to reopen old wounds. Worst of all, Dr. Brinkley has attracted the affections of the town’s most beautiful citizen, Violeta Cruz. But with the help of a motley band of allies, Violeta’s spurned fiancé, Francisco, decides to fight back.

Inspired by the monstrous shenanigans of a real life American con man and peopled with unforgettable characters, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower captures a young Mexico caught between its own ambitions and the designs of its wealthier neighbor to the north.




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About Robert Hough

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Robert Hough is one of Canada's most critically acclaimed writers and has been published to rave reviews in fifteen countries. His debut novel, The Final Confession of Mabel Stark, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was a New York Public Library Best Book . His second novel, The Stowaway, was a finalist for the IMPAC Dublin Award and chosen by the Boston Globe as one of the top ten fiction titles of the year. His most recent novel, The Culprits, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. He lives in Toronto. More information about Dr. Brinkley's Tower and Robert Hough can be found at www.roberthough.ca





Author Residence: Toronto, ON
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Steerforth. 433 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steven Hayward on Feb 24 2012

The construction of Brinkley’s massive radio transmitter provides the backdrop for Robert Hough’s hilarious and penetrating fourth novel, Doctor Brinkley’s Tower.

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Reviewed by Michael Hingston on Feb 24 2012

Dr. Brinkley’s Tower moves like an extremely well-oiled machine, juggling and nudging forward all kinds of subplots without ever drawing attention to the muscularity required to do so.

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Reviewed by Michael Hingston on Feb 24 2012

Hough has made a career specializing in fiction that’s thoroughly researched and possessed with a vibrant moral heartbeat. Dr. Brinkley’s Tower is so successful precisely because of how much attention is paid to its characters’ feelings and desires, no matter how slight.

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