What You See in the Dark by Manuel Munoz

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The long-awaited first novel by the award-winning author of two impressive story collections explores the sinister side of desire in Bakersfield, California, circa 1959, when a famous director arrives to scout locations for a film about madness and murder at a roadside motel. Unfolding in much the same way that Hitchcock made Psycho—frame by frame, in pans, zooms, and close-ups—Muñoz’s re-creation of a vanished era takes the reader into places no camera can go, venturing into the characters’ private thoughts, petty jealousies, and unrealized dreams. The result is a work of stunning originality.

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Manuel Muñoz’s short story collection, The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and the prestigious Whiting Award, and is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Published March 13, 2012 by Algonquin Books. 266 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A memoir of living in close quarters with Susan Sontag; a novel set in the world of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho; and a young-adult novel that covers the very adult themes of labor camps in 1941 Lithuania.

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Manuel Munoz penned "What You See in the Dark" and will be in Salt Lake City the beginning of May to sign his novel.

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In 1959, a young Latino woman, Teresa Garza, who works in a shoe shop, catches the eye of the most sought-after young man in town, Dan Watson, making her the instant envy of every other girl in Bakersfield.

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Reading this story is like peering through Hitchcock’s lens—the camera as observer’s tool and observer as camera–with light and shadow and space concentrated and dispersed frame by frame, sentence by sentence.

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