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A Good Map of All Things

A Picaresque Novel

Alberto Álvaro Ríos (author)

ISBN: 9780816541034

Publication Date: Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

In Alberto Álvaro RÍos's new picaresque novel, momentous adventure and quiet connection brings twenty people to life in a small town in northern Mexico. A Good Map of All Things is home to characters whose lives are interwoven but whose stories are their own, adding warmth and humour to this continually surprising communal narrative.
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In Alberto Álvaro RÍos's new picaresque novel, momentous adventure and quiet connection brings twenty people to life in a small town in northern Mexico. A Good Map of All Things is home to characters whose lives are interwoven but whose stories are their own, adding warmth and humor to this continually surprising communal narrative. The stories take place in the mid-twentieth century, in the high desert near the border-a stretch of land generally referred to as the PimerÍa Alta-an ancient passage through the desert that connected the territory of Tucson in the north and Guaymas and Hermosillo in the south. The United States is off in the distance, a little difficult to see, and, in the middle of the century, not the only thing to think about. Mexico City is somewhere to the south, but nobody can say where and nobody has ever seen it.

RÍos has created a whimsical yet familiar town, where brightly unique characters love fiercely and nurture those around them. The people in A Good Map of All Things have secrets and fears, successes and happiness, winters and summers. They are people who do not make the news, but who are living their lives for the long haul, without lotteries or easy answers or particular luck. Theirs is the everyday, with its small but meaningful joy. Whether your heart belongs to a small town in Mexico or a bustling metropolis, Alberto Álvaro RÍos has crafted a book that is overflowing with comfort, warmth, and the familiar embrace of a tightly woven community.

Reviews

The people in this fictional town are weird, funny, beautiful, and they do crazy things. They remind me of my own family, and I can't help but to love them. Alberto RÍos is a great storyteller." –Daniel ChacÓn, author of Kafka in a Skirt

"RÍos takes us to a home we've never been properly introduced to until now. Community activates through the sum of its parts, and though not always predictable as the stars, each of RÍos's characters' contributions is as necessary as the sun." –Bryan Allen Fierro, author of Dodger Blue Will Fill Your Soul
Illustrations 15 black & white illustrations, 1 map
Pages 248
Dimensions 216 x 140 x 14
Date Published 30 Nov 2020
Publisher The University of Arizona Press
Series Camino del Sol
Subject/s Fiction  
  • Acknowledgments
  • The Business Card
  • 1. Dr. Bartolomeo's Cure
  • The Newspaper Story
  • 2. Lent and Given
  • The Marriage Certificate
  • 3. Butter, Oranges, and Pink Coconut Candy
  • The Poem
  • 4. A Century of Tears
  • The Prayer
  • 5. The Asterisk Company
  • The Obituary, the Proclamation of a Death
  • 6. The Night Miguel Torres Died
  • The Song on the Radio
  • 7. Two Small Crimes
  • Civil Registration
  • 8. Ten Seconds in Two Lives
  • The Map
  • 9. Bernardo's Corrido
  • The Green Card
  • 10. One Tuesday in the Early Afternoon
  • The Bill
  • 11. Licenciado Ubaldo Dos Santos, at Your Service
  • The Birth Certificate
  • 12. Curandera
  • The Photograph
  • 13. The History of History
  • The Telegram
  • 14. The Five Visits of Archbishop
  • Oswaldo CalderÓn
  • The Letter
A finalist for the National Book Award and the recipient of the Western Literature Association Distinguished Achievement Award, Alberto Álvaro RÍos has taught at Arizona State University since 1982. He is Arizona's inaugural poet laureate, a recent chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, and director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. RÍos's latest collection of poems is Not Go Away Is My Name, preceded by A Small Story About the Sky, The Dangerous Shirt, and The Theater of Night, winner of the PEN/Beyond Margins Award.

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