Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon

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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.


About Daniel Alarcon

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Daniel Alarcón is the author of War by Candlelight, a finalist for the 2006 PEN-Hemingway Award, and Lost City Radio, named a Best Novel of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post, among others. His writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, n+1, and Harper’s, and he has been named one of The New Yorker’s “20 under 40.” He lives in Oakland, California.
Published February 1, 2008 by Harper Perennial. 288 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, War, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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A novel about the disappeared in a South American war.

Mar 25 2007 | Read Full Review of Lost City Radio

Entertainment Weekly

In Daniel Alarcón's Lost City Radio, in an unnamed South American country racked by civil war, Norma, whose husband Rey disappeared without a trace a decade before, uses a radio show to reunite separated survivors.

Jan 26 2007 | Read Full Review of Lost City Radio

The Bookbag

The boy, eleven, is brought from the jungle to appear on the Lost City Radio show, carrying a list from his village of their missing - village 1797.

Dec 07 2014 | Read Full Review of Lost City Radio

Words Without Borders

At various points Alarcón allows his characters to question the origin of the conflict: "The war had long ago ceased to be a conflict between distinct antagonists "Had it begun with a voided election?

May 15 2015 | Read Full Review of Lost City Radio

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