“This book, at its most pure, is about the power of storytelling. Zapata not only invents worlds within worlds and a novel mystery that spans decades – sensibly linking more than a handful of characters – but also an entire literary canon upon which his world exists and his characters draw.
The story itself is simple and tight: a novel that was written and destroyed somehow ends up in the hands of an apparent stranger. It’s the lyrical rendering of the answer, of the how of the story, that is truly, mind-numbingly, world-within-worlds impressive. Zapata asks the big questions and grants us big answers while maintaining a clean, direct plot.
This is literary mystery at its best.”