By Anita Desai
A younger American in Mexico discovers his family’s past—and a present-day danger—in this “elegant, beautiful” novel of suspense (Elle).
Eric is a newly minted historian simply out of graduate university, stricken by self-doubt over either his previous offerings and his destiny thoughts. without transparent course, he follows his lover, Em, whilst she travels to the Yucatan for her medical learn, yet finally ends up on my own during this international position. And so he pursues his personal deepest quest, tracing his family’s historical past to a Mexican ghost city, the place, 100 years prior, younger Cornish miners—among them Eric’s grandparents—toiled to the death.
Now, in preference to the Cornish staff, the local Huichol Indians endure the cruelty of the mines. while he inquires into their lives, Eric provokes the ire in their self-appointed savior, Dona Vera. often called the “Queen of the Sierra,” Dona Vera is the widow of a mining baron who has devoted her fortune to conserving the Huichol tradition. yet her ambitious presence belies a doubtful past.
The zigzag paths of those characters converge at the Day of the useless, bringing jointly prior and found in a second of robust epiphany. Haunting and atmospheric, with splashes of exuberant colour and darker violence, The Zigzag Way is “a superbly rendered blend of heritage, folklore, and sleek fiction” (Entertainment Weekly), from a Booker Prize finalist.
“Long earlier than Jhumpa Lahiri . . . long earlier than Monica Ali . . . another novelist was once delivering us exquisitely targeted photos of our bodies in transit [and] sessions within the paintings of sly and sensuous fiction . . . Anita Desai was once a world, migrant author sooner than one of these factor used to be fashionable.” —Time
“Almost unbearably suspenseful.” —The Boston Globe
“A hypnotic journey.” —San Jose Mercury News
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