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The Sky Over Lima – A Poetic & Lyrical Meditation on Writing, Love, and Identity

skyoverlima.jpgThe Sky Over Lima by Juan Gómez Bárcena
First English Translation
by Andrea Rosenberg on May 17, 2016
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: ARC from the publisher via Netgalley

“A retelling of a fantastical true story: two young men seduce Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jiménez with the words of an imaginary woman and inspire one of his greatest love poems.” Source: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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“Love is a door left ajar. A secret that survives only as long as it is half kept.”

The Sky Over Lima is an evocatively poetic, lyrical retelling of the stranger-than-fiction true story of the two-year correspondence between Spanish Nobel laureate Juan Ramón Jímenez and two young poets (José Gálvez and Carlos Rodríguez) writing as an imaginary woman, Georgina Hübner.

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A Subtle, Insightful Debut Novel & a Brilliant Atmospheric Rendering of the Utah Desert

Never-Open-Desert Diner3The Never-Open Desert Diner by James Anderson
Published March 22, 2016
Crown Publishing
Source: theReadingRoom Advanced Readers Program ARC
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“Ben Jones lives a quiet, hardscrabble life, working as a trucker on Route 117, a little-travelled road in a remote region of the Utah desert which serves as a haven for fugitives and others looking to hide from the world. For many of the desert’s inhabitants, Ben’s visits are their only contact with the outside world, and the only landmark worth noting is a once-famous roadside diner that hasn’t opened in years. In this unforgettable story of love and loss, Ben learns the enduring truth that some violent crimes renew themselves across generations. At turns funny, heartbreaking and thrilling, The Never-Open Desert Diner powerfully evokes an unforgettable setting and introduces readers to a cast of characters who will linger long after the last page.” Source: Penguin Random House.

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“Most people associate the desert with what is missing – water and people. They never think of the one thing the desert has more of – light. So much light.”

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