Faces in the Crowd

Faces in the Crowd

Book - 2014
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A multi-layered story told by two narrators: a 21st-century Emily Dickinson living in Mexico City who relates to the world vicariously through her children and a past that both overwhelms and liberates her, and a dying poet living in a run-down apartment in Philadelphia in the 1950s. While she tells the story of her past as a young editor in New York City desperately trying to convince a publisher to translate and publish the works of Gilberto Owen-an obscure Mexican poet who lived in Harlem during the 1920s and whose ghostly presence constantly haunts her in the subway-she also relates the slow but inevitable disintegration of her present family life.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Coffee House Press, 2014
ISBN: 9781566893541
Call Number: FICTION LUISELLI 2014
Characteristics: 146 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: MacSweeney, Christina - Translator


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October 2019 selection

It is hard to pick which of Valeria Luiselli’s three utterly enchanting books to recommend here, but the closest
to my heart is Faces in the Crowd. It follows a a Mexican translator in New York charged with finding “the next Bolaño.”

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