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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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The construction of Brinkley’s massive radio transmitter provides the backdrop for Robert Hough’s hilarious and penetrating fourth novel, Doctor Brinkley’s Tower.Read Full Review of Dr. Brinkley's Tower: A Novel | See more reviews from Globe and Mail
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.Read Full Review of Dr. Brinkley's Tower: A Novel | See more reviews from National Post arts
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.Read Full Review of Dr. Brinkley's Tower: A Novel | See more reviews from National Post arts
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