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Gonzalo Barr captures this international hub city in all its roiling guises, from the opulence of South Beach to the ferocity of Little Havana. Barr introduces us to unforgettable characters -- an unscrupulous newscaster, a Lincoln Road bar manager, a beautiful but cruel teenaged heartbreaker, and the title character, a suicidal Latin pop star -- in situations that teem with humor and brutality, absurdity and poignance.

This remarkable debut offers a vivid portrait of a city defined by a blur of cultures. Read more Read less.


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From Publishers Weekly A lightly sparring debut collection of nine stories by Floridian Barr delves into the Hispanic community of Miami. Mariner Books September 14, Language: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.


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I'd had other books of short stories and find they are generally hit or miss. This one is a hit, then another hit, then another, etc I can certainly see why he won an award for this collection, it's great! Barr has great character development, a thoughtful imagination, good structure and a wonderful delivery. Really great stories, one after the other. The day the book arrived, I opened it to have a look and just kept reading. It's one of those! This book jumpped the queue on my bedside table from day one.

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And, it makes excellent bedtime reading, one lovely story per night if you can put it down between stories. Well done Gonzalo Barr! One person found this helpful 2 people found this helpful. Great stories with the true flavor of Miami and South Beach cultures yet grounded in classic literature.

Barr conveys modern Miami as vividly and distinctively as Simenon conveys Paris of the '50s and '60s. Like Simenon, he can sketch a haunting detail that alters the mood from benign to disturbing in an instant. His ear and eye are in perfect tune with his characters, who are, consequently, entirely believable. In "A Natural History of Love," one of the best stories, his narrator is Silvia, a teenage girl trying to cope with the vagaries of teen love; mawkish, cynical, self-pitying, and occasionally clear-eyed, she's spot-on, and frequently hilarious.

There's a very American, and somewhat sad, cosmopolitanism in the the Miami cultural mix Barr describes: Anglos, Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, etc. One or two are clearly doomed.

The Last Flight of Jose Luis Balboa

The Haitian cabbie in the remarkable title story, for example, finds even his modest ambition to be a really good cabbie undermined by circumstances, while elsewhere in the same story far more sinister ambitions are finding fulfillment. The lush allure of the city, with its beaches and cafes, is perfectly portrayed. One person found this helpful. Barr is a great story-teller of Miami characters of quite different backgrounds and ways of living. He likes his characters and mostly made it that I too liked them almost immediately.

But despite of all this affection to even and maybe especially so called loosers he puts an atmosphere of menace and discomfort on his stories that can be found in David Lynch movies by just mentioning a little detail or a small sentence in his vivid dialogues. As a reader I like this discomfort, it shows me that the author found a path to my feelings and through my crust of defense against unpleasant influences. And I highly recommend to read the stories one each day to get the highest effect on your mind if you can manage to put the book away after your daily dose. Comment on this title and you could win!

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In 'Faith,' a TV news anchor grapples with a potentially substantial story about a woman claiming to have seen the Virgin Mary, while all the while a hurricane bears down angrily on the city as if in divine retribution. The title story, appearing last in this uneven collection, is made up of diverse voices in South Beach, high brow and low, that collide tragically on the beach with the suicide ride of an ultralight glider.

Barr demonstrates fine storytelling with a good ear for nuance in this year's Bread Loaf Bakeless Prize winner, introduced by Francine Prose. It's hilarious and it's harrowing. The stories here are exhilarating to read; some are breathtaking and achingly beautiful. This is a dazzling literary achievement. Gonzalo Barr's ear for dialogue and eye for character are unfailing. Each story illuminates yet another corner of the human heart. With their deceptively modest authority and just as deceptively easy charm, these stories draw you in.

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