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Description - The Trace by Forrest Gander

A Mexican road novel of love, hate, drugs, and the Mexican Revolution.
The Trace is a masterful, poetic novel about a journey through Mexico taken by a couple recovering from a world shattered. Driving through the Chihuahua Desert, they retrace the route of nineteenth-century American writer Ambrose Bierce (who disappeared during the Mexican Revolution) and try to piece together their lives after a devastating incident involving their adolescent son. With tenderness and precision, Gander explores the intimacies of their relationship as they travel through Mexican towns, through picturesque canyons and desertcapes, on a journey through the the heart of the Mexican landscape. Taking a shortcut through the brutally hot desert home, their car overheats miles from nowhere, the novel spinning out of control, with devastating consequences. . . . Poet Forrest Gander's first novel As a Friend was acclaimed as "profound and relentlessly beautiful" (Rikki Ducornet). With The Trace, Gander has accomplished another brilliant work, containing unforgettable poetic descriptions of Mexico and a story both violent and tender.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780811223713
ISBN-10: 081122371X
Format: Hardback
(211mm x 147mm x 25mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date: 23-Dec-2014
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Forrest Gander

Forrest Gander grew up in Virginia and has degrees in geology and English literature. His recent books include the novel As a Friend and the translation Firefly Under the Tongue: Selected Poems of Coral Bracho (PEN Translation Prize Finalist), both from New Directions. A United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow, Gander is recipient of fellowships from the NEA, the Guggenheim, Howard, and Whiting foundations. He is the Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor of Literary Arts and Comparative Literature at Brown University.

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