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The award-winning debut novel that ?brings to mind the atmosphere and tension of Gabriel Garca Mrquez.?( Katharine Weber, author of The Little Women)
Ntido Amn knows he was born in Guatemala, but he doesn?t know why his family left. Raised in the States by his immigrant parents, they never talked about it. When Ntido loses his father to Alzheimer?s disease, his despondent mother grows increasingly silent and Ntido realizes that his links to the past are disappearing.
Seeking answers, Ntido travels to Guatemala against his mother?s wishes. Upon his arrival in the small town of Ro Roto, he is mistaken for the new priest, and decides to play the part. From his parishioners, he catches tantalizing and frightening glimpses of the buried history he?s aching to know. In a place shrouded in secrets, Ntido is at once determined and frightened to unearth the unnamed horrors it has seen.
With her elegant, hypnotic prose, this marks Sellers- Garca?s arrival as a distinctive new voice in fiction.