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February 2019 Fiction: Literary

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The Shape of Bones
A Novel
By (author): Daniel Galera Translated by: Alison Entrekin
9780143131496 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary Feb 05, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.08 x 7.74 x 0.63 in 240 pages Penguin Two Penguin Books
A coming of age tale of brutal beauty and disarming tenderness from one of Brazil’s most exciting young novelists

Hermano wakes up at dawn for a trip to the Andes, to climb the Cerro Bonete, one of the planet’s final mountains to be conquered—a planned feat of heroic bravado, or foolishness. But instead he finds himself driving back to his boyhood neighborhood and to the clearing in the woods where he witnessed an act that has run like a scar through his life.

Dragged by the undertow of memory, he replays his initiation into adulthood and recalls his boyhood friends who formed a strange and volatile pack. Caught between the threat of not being man enough and the intoxicating contact-high of danger, Hermano found himself embracing the rules of the pack—a bond with his friends that set him on a collision course with a moment of violence that fractured his fantasies of who he was and what it meant to be a man.

From one of Brazil’s most dazzling writers, The Shape of Bones is an exhilarating story of mythic power. Daniel Galera has written a pulse-racing novel with the otherworldly wisdom of a parable.

Story Locale: Brazil

“THE FUTURE OF FICTION”: John Freeman featured Galera’s work in an issue of Freeman’s dedicated to the authors who represent the future of writing. Galera is regarded as one of the finest contemporary South American writers, and he’s published by a veritable who’s who of prestigious international literary houses.

GALERA’S BREAKTHROUGH NOVEL: This is Galera’s most exceptional work to-date. While Blood-Drenched Beard earned him phenomenal reviews, The Shape of Bones should grow his audience and reputation exponentially in our country.

PART DENIS JOHNSON, PART ROBERTO BOLANO: Blood-Drenched Beard earned Galera comparisons from American critics to these two literary giants. The Shape of Bones bears the verbal brilliance, artful violence, and wry intelligence that defines Johnson’s early work.

STELLAR PRAISE: We have great praise for this book from David Mitchell, Laura van der Berg, Susanna Moore, Publishers Weekly, and a number of our country’s most respected booksellers.

Daniel Galera is a Brazilian writer and translator. He was born in Sao Paulo, but lives in Porto Alegre, where he has spent most of his life. He has published five novels in Brazil to great acclaim, including Blood-Drenched Beard, which was awarded the 2013 Sao Paulo Literature Prize. In 2013 Granta named Galera one of the Best Young Brazilian Novelists. He has translated the work of Zadie Smith, John Cheever, and David Mitchell into Portuguese. He is translated in English by Alison Entrekin.

Author Residence: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Author Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil

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The Shape of Bones is a work of art about the fragility of things, the ever-presence of the past and the hidden currents that push us this way and that. A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page. Alison Entrekin’s impressive translation reads as if Galera had written in English.” —David Mitchell

The Shape of Bones is a tense, atmospheric meditation on the hypnotic pull of the past, cast in ferociously intelligent prose. Daniel Galera is a thrilling writer, and this novel is nothing short of essential.” —Laura van den Berg

“In The Shape of Bones, Daniel Galera understands that violence is mysteriously capable of restoring a person to reality and preparing him to meet his moment of grace. His characters bear life’s inevitable weight of guilt and shame, all the while striving to resolve the fearful events of the past.” —Susanna Moore

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