“Hypnotizing…Zapata reinterprets the extent and toll of exile on Earth, the gulf between universes of human experience.”
— The New York Times Book Review
"Smart and heart-piercing, Lost Book is a story of displacement, erasure, identity, mythology, and the ability of literature to simultaneously express and transcend our lives — not to mention reality."
"Deftly conjured…thematically vital…Zapata’s carefully crafted prose oscillates between matter-of-fact and lyrically poetic."
— The Washington Post
“[An] expansive, big-hearted and time-hopping debut…[Zapata’s] sensibility is one of great love for human beings and for life itself.”
— The Chicago Tribune
“An absolutely stunning piece of work, and it is the best book you’ll read so far this year.”
— Newcity Lit
[An] elegant and sweeping multigenerational, international story of lives marked by political violence and bound by the shared condition of exile.”
“In a lyrical tale spanning a century and veering from the colonized Caribbean to revolutionary Russia, from mid-twentieth-century Chicago to Katrina-besieged New Orleans, Zapata spins an iridescent web of grief, loss, and memory...A lush, spellbinding tale.”
— Booklist STARRED Review
"Zapata’s lyrical style has firm roots in Gabriel García Márquez’s work, with a boldness of delivery to the tune of Jorge Luis Borges...Zapata has treated us to a thrillingly mysterious storyline with a beautiful payoff."
--BookPage STARRED review
"An illuminating work on trauma and the transience of human existence... A heady literary and genre-bending novel for fans of Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes, and Adolfo Bioy Caseres."
--Library Journal STARRED review
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