When the Ground Turns in Its Sleep

Sylvia Sellers-Garcia - Author

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ISBN 9781440629266 | 336 pages | 27 Dec 2007 | Riverhead | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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The award-winning debut novel that “brings to mind the atmosphere and tension of Gabriel García Márquez.”( Katharine Weber, author of The Little Women)

Nítido Amán knows he was born in Guatemala, but he doesn’t know why his family left. Raised in the States by his immigrant parents, they never talked about it. When Nítido loses his father to Alzheimer’s disease, his despondent mother grows increasingly silent and Nítido realizes that his links to the past are disappearing.

Seeking answers, Nítido travels to Guatemala against his mother’s wishes. Upon his arrival in the small town of Río Roto, he is mistaken for the new priest, and decides to play the part. From his parishioners, he catches tantalizing and frightening glimpses of the buried history he’s aching to know. In a place shrouded in secrets, Nítido is at once determined and frightened to unearth the unnamed horrors it has seen.

With her elegant, hypnotic prose, this marks Sellers- García’s arrival as a distinctive new voice in fiction.

“Impressive...Spare...Graceful...Part folk tale, part noir mystery, part meditation on the burden of history, this is a remarkable debut.”
San Francisco Magazine

“[An] impressive debut...[in which] the stage is set for the dramatic unraveling of near and distance savageries.”
The New Yorker

—Katharine Weber, author of The Little Women

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