Pacazo by Roy Kesey

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...its bulk seems not so much built into the bones of the story, as the result of a nervousness about where to stop and what to omit.


Kesey's riveting debut novel tells the story of John Segovia, an
American historian who teaches English at a small university in
Piura, on the desert coast of Peru. The narrative moves between
John's obsessive search for his wife's killer and his attempts to
build a new life for himself and his infant daughter. The storms of
El Niño and the ghosts of history that stalk the sands of the
Sechura Desert give this novel the sweep of an epic tale. Throughout,
Pacazo explores and celebrates the many ways in which we
construct the stories we tell of ourselves and those we love. It
gives living form to anger and fear and desire, to courage and
kindness and strength, and in so doing confirms Roy Kesey as one of
the most innovative and compelling American writers working today.

About Roy Kesey

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Roy Kesey's latest book is a short story collection called Any Deadly Thing, published by Dzanc Books in February 2013. His other books include a novel called Pacazo (the January 2011 selection for The Rumpus Book Club, and winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award), a collection of short stories called All Over (a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, and one of The L Magazine's Best Books of the Decade), a novella called Nothing in the World (winner of the Bullfight Media Little Book Award), and two historical guidebooks. His short stories, essays, translations and poems have appeared in more than a hundred magazines and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology and New Sudden Fiction. He has won two Pushcart Prize Special Mentions, the Jeffrey E. Smith Editors' Prize in Fiction, and a 2010 prose fellowship from the NEA. He currently lives in Maryland with his wife and children.
Published January 18, 2011 by Dzanc Books. 538 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by John Self on Mar 02 2012

...its bulk seems not so much built into the bones of the story, as the result of a nervousness about where to stop and what to omit.

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