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Lost City Radio

Lost City Radio
Author: Daniel Alarcon
ISBN 13: 9780060594817
ISBN 10: 60594810
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2008-02-05
Format: Paperback
Pages: 257
List Price: $13.99

A powerful and searing novel of three lives fractured by a civil war

For ten years, Norma has been the voice of consolation for a people broken by violence. She hosts Lost City Radio, the most popular program in their nameless South American country, gripped in the aftermath of war. Every week, the Indians in the mountains and the poor from the barrios listen as she reads the names of those who have gone missing, those whom the furiously expanding city has swallowed. Loved ones are reunited and the lost are found. Each week, she returns to the airwaves while hiding her own personal loss: her husband disappeared at the end of the war.

But the life she has become accustomed to is forever changed when a young boy arrives from the jungle and provides a clue to the fate of her long-missing husband.

Stunning, timely, and absolutely mesmerizing, Lost City Radio probes the deepest questions of war and its meaning: from its devastating impact on a society transformed by violence to the emotional scarring each participant, observer, and survivor carries for years after. This tender debut marks Alarcón's emergence as a major new voice in American fiction.

The New York Times - Sarah Fay

… there s enough here to confirm that Alarcón is talented and wise beyond his years, that he remains intent on challenging himself and his readers.