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The King Is Always Above the People

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by Daniel Alarcon

The King Is Always Above the People by Daniel Alarcon X
The King Is Always Above the People by Daniel Alarcon
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    Oct 2017, 256 pages

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Poornima Apte

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Richly drawn, full of unforgettable characters, The King is Always Above the People reveals experiences both unsettling and unknown, and yet eerily familiar in this new world.

The young and the restless. This moniker might well apply to the characters in this brilliant collection of short stories by Daniel Alarcon. A Guggenheim Fellow in 2007, Alarcon revisits familiar territory here, returning to topics of displacement and familial expectations.

Nelson, the protagonist in Alarcon's earlier arresting book, At Night We Walk In Circles, is back in a story or two, as is his brother, Francisco, who has successfully migrated to Berkeley, California. Exactly what Francisco is up to in the United States is anybody's guess, but it's got to be better than this poor unnamed South American country can offer Nelson. In one of my favorite stories in this collection, "The Provincials," when Nelson visits a sleepy coastal town to take care of business after a great-uncle dies, a local mistakes him for his seemingly more successful brother: "I had to remind ...

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