This compelling and exciting debut novel runs on a surfeit of engaged political anger, immigration, Hurricane Katrina, a series of novels, authors, and storytellers I wish were real, theoretical physics, and Jorge Luis Borges (“Garden of Forking Paths” eat your heart out). Adana Moreau is the (unfortunately fictional) grandmother of Latina Sci-Fi. As a young woman she immigrates to New Orleans with the last pirate of the New World. Their son, before he becomes a physicist, likes to wander off and his parents scare him with tales of pterodactyls, and before long Adana is a writer. On her deathbed, she burns the draft of her unpublished second novel. In the more-or-less present day, Saul’s deceased grandfather’s last request was to give the manuscript of Moreau’s lost novel to Maxwell, the boy once amused by pterodactlys now missing in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. — Dafydd Wood
"A stunner--equal parts epic and intimate, thrilling and elegiac."--Laura Van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel
The mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript. Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather's home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by none other than Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Adana's son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers. What results is a brilliantly layered masterpiece--an ode to home, storytelling and the possibility of parallel worlds.