The Lost Book of Adana Moreau
The mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New OrleansIn 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel titled Lost City. It is a strange and beautiful novel, set in a near future where a sixteen-year-old Dominican girl, not all that unlike Adana herself, searches for a golden eternal city believed to exist somewhere on a parallel Earth. Lost City earns a modest but enthusiastic readership, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she and her son, Maxwell, destroy the only copy of the manuscript.Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather’s home when he discovers a mysterious package containing a manuscript titled A Model Earth, written by none other than Adana Moreau.Who was Adana Moreau? How did Saul’s grandfather, a Jewish immigrant born on a steamship to parents fleeing the aftershocks of the Russian Revolution, come across this unpublished, lost manuscript? Where is Adana Moreau’s mysterious son, Maxwell, a theoretical physicist, and why did Saul’s grandfather send him the manuscript as his final act in life? With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Maxwell in New Orleans, which is caught at that moment in the grip of Hurricane Katrina. Unable to reach Maxwell, Saul and Javier head south through the heartland of America toward that storm-ravaged city in search of answers.Blending the high-stakes mystery of The Shadow of the Wind, the science fiction echoes of Exit West, and the lyrical signatures of Bolaño and Márquez, Michael Zapata’s debut shines a breathtaking new light on the experiences of displacement and exile that define our nation. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a brilliantly layered masterpiece that announces the arrival of a bold new literary talent.

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Details

TitleThe Lost Book of Adana Moreau
Author
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherHanover Square Press
ISBN-139781488055737
Rating
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction, Writing, Books About Books, Adult, Fantasy

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau Review

  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    January 1, 1970
    Quirky. A book about books and twisting paths of life and whatnot. A journey panoramic enough to give one just a teensy bit of agoraphobia (or maybe timephobia?). Q:At night, she slept on park benches and dreamed of future civilizations and an endless seabed full of strange luminescent creatures. (c)Q:She listened as he talked about war and mechanical soldiers and an eternal library that he would one day discover and never leave. (c)Q:Maxwell’s mother, who had started reading the letters of Quirky. A book about books and twisting paths of life and whatnot. A journey panoramic enough to give one just a teensy bit of agoraphobia (or maybe timephobia?). Q:At night, she slept on park benches and dreamed of future civilizations and an endless seabed full of strange luminescent creatures. (c)Q:She listened as he talked about war and mechanical soldiers and an eternal library that he would one day discover and never leave. (c)Q:Maxwell’s mother, who had started reading the letters of Rousseau, mentioned to her husband that maybe the world would be better if it adapted to the whims of children rather than the other way around. If streets, she said, followed the patterns and logic of children then there would never be such a thing as getting lost, there would be a certain madness, yes, but it would be a lovely madness, one capable of multiple dimensions. (c)Q:“We are surrounded by dead light, mijo, by the past,” he said, “but a very useful past. My great-grandfather followed that same starlight to freedom. If the instruments on my boat ever failed me, I could still use that dead light to make my way back home. That is the first lesson learned by every pirate.” (c)Q:Then the old pirate announced that after Maxwell’s father retired or died, piracy in the New World was all over. He had post offices and electricity to look forward to. It was the end of an era and that was that. (c)Q:“For thousands of years,” the old pirate said, “we’ve been praying to a brainless watery nothing.” (c)Q:Maxwell got the impression that the old pirate was a madman and he imagined that his words were a map to a dying, insane planet. (c)Q:... I met a famous Japanese poet who had syphilis. It was said that he hadn’t left his house in twenty years, which begs the question, how had he gotten syphilis in the first place? Not leaving your home for years and years is a different type of disease, I think. This proves that poets generally suffer from multiple diseases. (c)Q:While she couldn’t be certain why she enjoyed these writers, she thought it might have something to do with the sorts of people who came from empires—people who suffered from a sense of unreality. But through unreality, the Dominicana thought, they understood at least one important thing: that people could be other people, cities could be other cities, and worlds could be other worlds. (c)Q:At night, sleeping under the fiery stars, the Dominicana dreams of sea monsters and mechanical soldiers and an endless library, but during the day she thinks only of the survival of the people on her ship. (c)Q:When he worked too early or too late he felt like a sleepwalker or a zombie. The 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift suited him well. (c)Q:During occasional insomniac nights as a teenager, Saul would browse through those books and he still remembered some of the names of their authors: Garcilaso de la Vega, Fernand Braudel, John Henrik Clarke, Studs Terkel, William T. Vollmann, Dorothy Porter Wesley, John Hope Franklin, Charlotte J. Erickson, Eduardo Galeano, and Howard Zinn. (c)Q:Although seemingly erratic in subject and nature, it could be said that these ten books constituted one single enterprise and belief, which was that history and truth had nothing to do with each other. (c)Q:... everybody who leaves eventually returns, in some form or another. (c)Q:Javier had pined for possibility in the cracks and basements and alleys and rooftops and, yes, clouds of that invisible city, and it was this notion more than anything else that had helped Saul, an interstellar exile from Israel, form a connection between his solitary life and the world. (c)Q:There was a bizarre mid-fall storm, and through the diner windows the city looked like something out of a Samuel Delany novel, which is to say a dark rainy streak, an amalgamation, a feral puzzle. (c)Q:
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  • Natalie Jenner
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the most stunningly imaginative books I have ever read. I could just sink into the worlds within worlds that Zapata creates: worlds of brothers-in-arms, extended families, beckoning landscapes, and marvellous books so magical-sounding that one feels the very pull to distant shores that lures so many of his characters. I won't give away any of the plot, because the level of creativity here should be experienced fully fresh, from the mesmerizing first chapter ("The Dominicana May This is one of the most stunningly imaginative books I have ever read. I could just sink into the worlds within worlds that Zapata creates: worlds of brothers-in-arms, extended families, beckoning landscapes, and marvellous books so magical-sounding that one feels the very pull to distant shores that lures so many of his characters. I won't give away any of the plot, because the level of creativity here should be experienced fully fresh, from the mesmerizing first chapter ("The Dominicana May 1916-August 1930") through the final pages that tie together the hopes and dreams of a century's worth of living. Zapata is the heir to Robertson Davies, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Michael Ondaatje, and I was truly privileged to receive an advance copy of this book.
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  • Carolyn Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I had the honor and privilege of reading the Lost Book Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata.I’m an avid reader but horrible reviewer. I either like a book or I don’t. I recommend it to others or I don’t.Sometime a book is good right up to a bad ending and I’m left shaking my head, rolling my eyes. Other times I’m so engrossed in a book but wondering how is this ever going to pan out. Well, the Lost Book of Adana Moreau did not disappoint. It was different from anything I’ve read recently in tone and I had the honor and privilege of reading the Lost Book Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata.I’m an avid reader but horrible reviewer. I either like a book or I don’t. I recommend it to others or I don’t.Sometime a book is good right up to a bad ending and I’m left shaking my head, rolling my eyes. Other times I’m so engrossed in a book but wondering how is this ever going to pan out. Well, the Lost Book of Adana Moreau did not disappoint. It was different from anything I’ve read recently in tone and story. It forced me think about it a lot, to follow the thread. The language was compelling at times lyrical and I liked the story within the story, the historical facts, the switching back/forth in years and how everything came together in the end. I know this sounds corny, but it was a ‘tight” fit. It was a good read. I’m definitely going to buy this book when it comes out in February to have my own copy to reread and put on my shelf.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    I was so lucky to receive an ARC of this book. Few books make me try to find time to sit in a chair and read but Michael Zapata’s “The Lost Book of Adana Moreau” was one of them. A time jumping literary mystery with wonderfully written characters and even a pirate or two. He kept me guessing how they would all connect. It’s such an impressive debut and I can’t wait to read what Zapata writes next. Well done!
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  • Nora
    January 1, 1970
    An immersive book where interwoven narratives connect families, friends, and strangers across space and time.Its themes of displacement, connection, stories, and family all swirl together beautifully as we are asked to consider the potential for what else might have been. Plus, this is a book that likes books, and you’ll get some new recommendations for your TBR.Pair with: Famous Men Who Never Lived
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  • Sarah-Hope
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Just... wow. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a complex, satisfying read, gradually building connections among narratives that initially feel disparate. The voice is engaging—a mix of whimsy, tangential thinking, and philosophy. While the entire novel takes place on our Earth, it explores the idea of multiverses, of the ways crucial events might have played out differently, and the ways individual characters might have been shaped differently. Reading this book requires thoughtful attention Wow! Just... wow. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a complex, satisfying read, gradually building connections among narratives that initially feel disparate. The voice is engaging—a mix of whimsy, tangential thinking, and philosophy. While the entire novel takes place on our Earth, it explores the idea of multiverses, of the ways crucial events might have played out differently, and the ways individual characters might have been shaped differently. Reading this book requires thoughtful attention because the links between the narratives are subtle at times, but it pays back that work with a glorious sent of ideas for readers to continue to mull over when the reading itself is done.
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  • Kasa Cotugno
    January 1, 1970
    The description of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau piqued my interest despite being outside my usual choice for a novel. But I am so glad I gave it a chance. Totally immersive in style and content and spun out in gorgeous, almost poetic, prose, this is the tale of a manuscript lost for centuries, discovered and resulting in a present day road trip, with characters that breathe. Some of this writing is almost breathtaking ("Memory is a gravitational force. It is constantly attracting us to the past The description of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau piqued my interest despite being outside my usual choice for a novel. But I am so glad I gave it a chance. Totally immersive in style and content and spun out in gorgeous, almost poetic, prose, this is the tale of a manuscript lost for centuries, discovered and resulting in a present day road trip, with characters that breathe. Some of this writing is almost breathtaking ("Memory is a gravitational force. It is constantly attracting us to the past , even if we shouldn't stay there for too long.") Astoundingly polished for a debut. CanNOT wait for what comes.
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  • Marion
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. Just wow. I was given an ARC of this book, and I don’t think I understood just how incredibly lucky I was. This book is phenomenal. It is about so many themes and ideas, but by far it’s most compelling is the power of storytelling. Michael Zapata has written a novel obsessed with stories, and it is full of them. From science fiction stories to war stories, and from the stories that people tell about themselves to the stories that influence their lives. This will undoubtedly resonate with Wow. Just wow. I was given an ARC of this book, and I don’t think I understood just how incredibly lucky I was. This book is phenomenal. It is about so many themes and ideas, but by far it’s most compelling is the power of storytelling. Michael Zapata has written a novel obsessed with stories, and it is full of them. From science fiction stories to war stories, and from the stories that people tell about themselves to the stories that influence their lives. This will undoubtedly resonate with those of us who have consumed stories our whole lives and we still can’t quite figure out why. Also, readers who love science fiction will love this novel, but it is not a science fiction novel. Rather, it is a love letter to a genre that not only has the ability to capture minds, but souls as well.
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  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It is an ode to classic storytelling and a memorial to the great sci-fi writers. It is a dual timeline story, but it is also a classic story cycle like the Arabian Nights (which the author alludes to many times in the beginning of the book). It is enchanting and peopled with fascinating but realistic characters.
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    This is a beautifully written and crafted mystery, love story, homage to Latinx SFF and history, and a joy to read. Follow the stories of writers, pirates, parents, children, physicists, journalists, and the other rich and complex characters of this novel and learn about the glory of writing from the imagination, the past, and the hoped-for future. In the 1910s, Adana Moreau writes SFF with a decidedly personal twist, calling up her childhood in the Caribbean. In the aftermath of Hurricane This is a beautifully written and crafted mystery, love story, homage to Latinx SFF and history, and a joy to read. Follow the stories of writers, pirates, parents, children, physicists, journalists, and the other rich and complex characters of this novel and learn about the glory of writing from the imagination, the past, and the hoped-for future. In the 1910s, Adana Moreau writes SFF with a decidedly personal twist, calling up her childhood in the Caribbean. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Saul and Javier search for her son, trying to return his mother's last manuscript to him. Zapata's writing about the Caribbean, New Orleans, and Chicago is evocative and gut-wrenching, and his voice--through Adana Moreau--is a beautiful attempt to honor the women of SFF and particularly Latinx SFF who have been neglected.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Hooked from the start. I am typically a slow reader taking my time through a book. This book however reeled me right from the start and I couldn’t let go. Had to get to the end, life around me be damned. At the risk of spoilers and giving away the story, I will just say that the characters are well developed and their journeys interesting. The writing was concise and I felt like I was right there in the depression, Chicago and Katrina, New Orleans. The ending pulled Could. Not. Put. It. Down. Hooked from the start. I am typically a slow reader taking my time through a book. This book however reeled me right from the start and I couldn’t let go. Had to get to the end, life around me be damned. At the risk of spoilers and giving away the story, I will just say that the characters are well developed and their journeys interesting. The writing was concise and I felt like I was right there in the depression, Chicago and Katrina, New Orleans. The ending pulled the story and characters together and now I’m hoping for a sequel to keep it going.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    My review for the Chicago Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...What reader would fail to be enticed by a book whose theme is the irresistible enticement of books? For Michael Zapata’s expansive, big-hearted, and time-hopping debut novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is about many things, but its overarching subject is the sensation one sometimes gets as a reader that one has “stumbled upon the presence of something extraordinary” (67). The Adana Moreau of the title hails from the My review for the Chicago Tribune: https://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...What reader would fail to be enticed by a book whose theme is the irresistible enticement of books? For Michael Zapata’s expansive, big-hearted, and time-hopping debut novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is about many things, but its overarching subject is the sensation one sometimes gets as a reader that one has “stumbled upon the presence of something extraordinary” (67). The Adana Moreau of the title hails from the Dominincan Republic, a country she is forced to leave in 1916 after invading Americans murder her parents. She ends up in New Orleans, married to “The Last Pirate of the New World,” and there they raise their son, Maxwell, as she writes a gorgeous and weird science fiction novel called The Lost City. On the heels of that book’s modest success, she writes a sequel called A Model Earth, the only copy of which she chooses to destroy just before she dies in a cholera epidemic on the eve of the Great Depression. Or does she? When the manuscript turns up in Chicago in the early 21st century, protagonist Saul Drower finds himself charged with the fulfillment of his grandfather Benjamin’s dying wish: that the book be returned to Maxwell Moreau. The quest takes Saul and his journalist friend, Javier, to New Orleans in the ghastly aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The dispersing forces of exile and displacement recur throughout, but so too do the binding powers of friendship and love. If life is, as one minor character thinks, “marked by random and often meaningless events” (37) then Zapata’s book is an eloquent argument that stories let humans shape what happens to and around them into significant patterns. Full of stories with in stories, Zapata builds his layers with a light touch so that the found documents—like a newspaper story from 1999 about “a group of elderly women in Chile who had spent the better part of two and a half decades combing the Atcama Desert for the preserved remains and bone fragments of their husbands and children ‘disappeared’ by the brutal Pinochet regime” (98)—do not impede but rather enhance the flow and add to the texture. Politically engaged, the book is deeply critical of betrayals and injustices of all kinds and in all parts of the globe, reckoning unsparingly with humanity’s hard-wired propensity both to destroy and to self-destruct. As Maxwell Moreau thinks when he’s a boy, trying to make sense of the sorrows and violence that have already marked his young existence: “On one hand, the past was starlight. On the other, there was no such thing as the Incas, the Mongols, the Romans, or the British. Only variations of the same bloodthirsty assholes repeated through time” (115). Remarkably, Zapata’s tone is frequently gently or even absurdly comic and his sensibility is one of great love for human beings and for life itself. This seeming contradiction operates as the central tension that animates the entire novel, the source of the “unusual and acute joy” (108) that the book preserves “in the face of idleness and horror” (108). Plenty of writers have responded to our current political moment with depictions of various dystopian near-futures, but Zapata’s stroke of brilliance is to set his book in the dystopian near-past. By portraying such recent apocalypses as the Argentine Financial Crisis of 2001, for instance, Zapata offers the insight that the world is not merely going to end, but already has ended countless times and is perpetually ending all of the time, especially if you’re not rich, not white, not powerful (but also even if you are). “The past devours the future” (158) a newspaper editor in Argentina puts it. The concept of parallel Earths—multiverses with multifarious storylines—recurs throughout, and that’s where the book derives its well-earned underlying sense of hope: the thought that no matter how remote and unlikely, there are always other possibilities and opportunities, choices that could be made that don’t have to be bad. Saul’s grandfather, Benjamin Drower, says that “Every telling of an event is a portrait of the teller and not the event itself” (90). The events Zapata recounts here deliver an indelible portrait of a jubilant and generous story-teller—one from whom readers should look eagerly forward to hearing more.
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  • Ararita (Okretačica stranica)
    January 1, 1970
    The Lost book of Adana Moreau is a story within a story within a story.. this is a book about characters' stories, history stories, SF stories and stories that affected characters. This is not a SF story, but it is a love letter to all SF lovers.Zapata kept me guessing how will all this tie up together and he did not dissapoint.He has a realy unique way of writing, his sentences are so lyrical and each word is there with purpose. Can't wait to read more of Zapata's work, I'll keep my eye on him The Lost book of Adana Moreau is a story within a story within a story.. this is a book about characters' stories, history stories, SF stories and stories that affected characters. This is not a SF story, but it is a love letter to all SF lovers.Zapata kept me guessing how will all this tie up together and he did not dissapoint.He has a realy unique way of writing, his sentences are so lyrical and each word is there with purpose. Can't wait to read more of Zapata's work, I'll keep my eye on him :)
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  • VL
    January 1, 1970
    This is a hard one to describe but well worth the read.
  • Aaron S
    January 1, 1970
    Highly recommend!
  • Cori
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll admit that when I received this book I was only mildly interested. However, since a publisher made the effort to bring it to my attention, I thought I should consider it worth my time to give it some attention. I am so glad I did! An extraordinary and unexpected debut was gifted to me. Layered with subtle complexity, I was quickly pulled in. I was torn between wanting to savor the imaginative story and lyrical writing or reading as quickly as possible to see where I would be taken. The I’ll admit that when I received this book I was only mildly interested. However, since a publisher made the effort to bring it to my attention, I thought I should consider it worth my time to give it some attention. I am so glad I did! An extraordinary and unexpected debut was gifted to me. Layered with subtle complexity, I was quickly pulled in. I was torn between wanting to savor the imaginative story and lyrical writing or reading as quickly as possible to see where I would be taken. The nesting and interlocked stories moved between Maxwell Moreau’s childhood and Saul Drower’s attempt to fulfill his grandfather’s last wish to return a mysterious book manuscript to Moreau. Ultimately, their connection and the story of the manuscript is revealed in the devastated landscape of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans. Much complexity is packed into this relatively short story about stories complemented with well developed characters in the midst of significant historical moments throughout time and place. It is about destiny and dreams, displacement and connections, immigration and revolution. It is an homage to science fiction writing with exquisite descriptions of stories of multiverses inspiring both characters and readers to also speculate various what ifs that could occur under slightly different circumstances.
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  • Margaret Kennedy
    January 1, 1970
    A little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of history, and a lot of love for stories is what makes The Lost Book of Adana Moreau a truly amazing novel. Zapata weaves a tale of intertwining lives, from New Orleans to Argentina to Israel to Russia and back, all centered around the people that brought Adana Moreau’s words to life. The narrative follows Maxwell Moreau, the son of a Dominican refugee and extremely talented science fiction writer in 1930s New Orleans, and Saul Dower, a driftless young man A little bit of sci-fi, a little bit of history, and a lot of love for stories is what makes The Lost Book of Adana Moreau a truly amazing novel. Zapata weaves a tale of intertwining lives, from New Orleans to Argentina to Israel to Russia and back, all centered around the people that brought Adana Moreau’s words to life. The narrative follows Maxwell Moreau, the son of a Dominican refugee and extremely talented science fiction writer in 1930s New Orleans, and Saul Dower, a driftless young man in Chicago in 2004 who suddenly finds himself in possession of said writer’s lost manuscript. As Saul races against a hurricane to deliver the book home, Maxwell struggles to find his father and meaning in a world without his mother. Zapata skillfully bounces back and forth between the stories of these two men and everyone they come in contact with, showcasing a wide variety of refugees and people, without making the narrative overwhelming and confusing. He pays tribute to science fiction and quantum physics by touching on the vast amounts of universes found right in front of us; everyone has a story to tell, everyone is a parallel universe unto themselves, and history is only relative to those that still remember.
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  • Jessie
    January 1, 1970
    The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata is a story in a story in a story of sorts. About two science fiction novels written in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s by a young Dominican woman displaced by American imperialism, married to a Black American pirate disenfranchised by American exclusionism, this book follows the popularity of one book, and the destruction and rebirth of the other up into the time surrounding hurricane Katrina. The book had a lot of overarching themes of political The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata is a story in a story in a story of sorts. About two science fiction novels written in the late 1920’s or early 1930’s by a young Dominican woman displaced by American imperialism, married to a Black American pirate disenfranchised by American exclusionism, this book follows the popularity of one book, and the destruction and rebirth of the other up into the time surrounding hurricane Katrina. The book had a lot of overarching themes of political upheaval, governmental terror, racism, lateral violence, grief and loss, friendship across difference, and the unifying voice of stories, but somehow I don’t know if there was much there there. I wasn’t enamoured of the original stories of Adana Moreau, and while I enjoyed the journey of her son and his friend, and later of his friend’s grandson and his friend in turn, I don’t know exactly that the underlying narrative of the journey of this book was really a plotline that served the larger messages the novel contained. I didn’t dislike it, but I found it to be a fantastical tale, written at a frantic pace, about not much of anything, which was a bit beguiling and also a bit of a letdown. Thank you @netgalley for the arc, opinions are my own.
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  • Galen Strickland
    January 1, 1970
    Woke very early and couldn't get back to sleep, instead I finished this remarkable novel. Now I need to decide if I treat it like any other book review, or put it in the newly created Non-SF section of my blog.This will appeal to SF fans, but the speculative elements are restricted to books written by characters in the book. The novel itself is literary fiction, of the highest order. An incredible debut, highly recommended.http://www.templetongate.net/adana-mo...
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  • Frank Tempone
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I’ve read in 2020 and probably the best one I will read this year. It is absolutely beautiful. I will read everything this man writes from now on.
  • T
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Zapata has written an ode to stories - storytelling and story-listening. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a beautiful novel. It covers some dark events and heavy themes but ultimately feels hopeful and uplifting. Zapata wraps the reader in the comfort of a much-loved childhood memory, while igniting the fires of possibility and potential for the future. It was the (unintentionally) perfect book to start the new year. A plot summary really can Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC. Zapata has written an ode to stories - storytelling and story-listening. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a beautiful novel. It covers some dark events and heavy themes but ultimately feels hopeful and uplifting. Zapata wraps the reader in the comfort of a much-loved childhood memory, while igniting the fires of possibility and potential for the future. It was the (unintentionally) perfect book to start the new year. A plot summary really can’t capture the greatness of this novel, but here goes: Saul was raised by his grandfather in Chicago. Now a grown man, Saul is living an uninspired life. His grandfather’s dying request is for Saul to send a package to a man in Chile of whom Saul knows nothing. When the package is returned undelivered, Saul takes up the quest to find the mysterious Maxwell Moreau. Unfolding in dual time periods, the narrative has even more shifts in period and place as the reader hears each character’s story. But the multitude of moving parts works because each story is so engrossing on its own. It’s like a patchwork of short stories woven into a novel. A patchwork that mimics the interconnectedness of Zapata’s characters to create a pleasing symmetry. Five beautiful stars to The Lost Book of Adana Moreau.
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    Not sure how to describe this book. I don't think I've read a book quite like this. It's written beautifully, but more in a stream-of-consciousness manner than the traditional divided-into-distinct-chapters way. It's a story spanning decades and we see the life of Adana Moreau and her journey from illiterate woman to science-fiction author. We follow their son, Maxwell, as he grew up through the Great Depression. There is also the thread of Saul Drower, who finds the lost manuscript of Adana Not sure how to describe this book. I don't think I've read a book quite like this. It's written beautifully, but more in a stream-of-consciousness manner than the traditional divided-into-distinct-chapters way. It's a story spanning decades and we see the life of Adana Moreau and her journey from illiterate woman to science-fiction author. We follow their son, Maxwell, as he grew up through the Great Depression. There is also the thread of Saul Drower, who finds the lost manuscript of Adana Moreau among his grandfather's possessions shortly after his death. He embarks on a journey looking for Maxwell with his childhood best friend, Javier. Saul and Javier goes to New Orleans in the aftermath of a big storm (Hurricane Katrina, I assumed, but it's not named in the book.) Through the trip, we learn the history of Saul's family. His grandfather came to America as a persecuted Jew during the Russian Revolution. Javier also recounts his experiences in South America during a volatile time of revolution and rebellion. I have to say, if one reads mainly for plotlines, this book might disappoint. Beyond the whole Saul and Javier searching for Maxwell Moreau, there's not much of one. But, the way the author weaves these different stories together, makes for a fascinating, beautiful read.*Big thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC of this book!*
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  • Onceinabluemoon
    January 1, 1970
    I started out loving it, but to be honest I did not finish, I was working outside listening to the audio with my husband, the task needed concentration and suddenly I would wonder away... it is beautifully written, very creative, but I needed to quit the more I found my concentration lacking, safe to say this book got away from me and expires before I could try again.
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  • Geonn Cannon
    January 1, 1970
    Put damn quotes around your damn dialogue.
  • Paul Ataua
    January 1, 1970
    I can understand why so many people are raving about this, but it really didn’t do it for me. I liked the idea of books lost in time, of parallel universes, and commentaries on life and politics, but I found it difficult to get into the story and difficult to feel affinity for the characters. The fault is mine, and maybe I just got around to reading it at the wrong time. Maybe I will try again sometime in the future.
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  • Alyson
    January 1, 1970
    I tried to describe this to a coworker and muttered many things like science fiction, literary, poetic, Chile, New Orleans, Russia, fascinating characters, parallel universes, obscure science and philosophy.....It is all that and more in less than 300 pages. I'm usually a fast page turner, but I stopped and looked up so many things - people (especially science fiction authors), places, events. Amazing
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  • Jason Lewis
    January 1, 1970
    I stopped listening to his book throughout the week because I didn’t want to get to the end too quick. The pacing of the book, broken across two or three different decades and following a few lovely characters, allowed me to slow down and contemplate all of every part. It is easy to summarize the settings of the book, but to even grasp the depths found in the numerous stories requires a lot of re-reading, and thinking. That was a little challenging for listening, because I found myself assessing I stopped listening to his book throughout the week because I didn’t want to get to the end too quick. The pacing of the book, broken across two or three different decades and following a few lovely characters, allowed me to slow down and contemplate all of every part. It is easy to summarize the settings of the book, but to even grasp the depths found in the numerous stories requires a lot of re-reading, and thinking. That was a little challenging for listening, because I found myself assessing my whole approach to life, throughout the book, and constantly re-starting chapters, as a result. This is a powerful book paying great tribute to the value of the stories of our lives, but even more, the power of relationships. These words do not do justice because this book is also about displacement, and in so many complex ways, the stories of this book draw you in, give insight and then demand reflection.
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    "Rich in imagination, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a gorgeous, heartbreaking examination of exile, diaspora, and family that spans multiple narratives across space and time."My interview with the author: http://www.chicagomag.com/arts-cultur...
  • Sharon May
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley, Hanover Square Press, and Michael Zapata for the opportunity to read and review this book. This is a very different book - beautifully written but one of those books that makes me feel I'm not quite smart enough to read and enjoy it the way I should. The story is basically about a science fiction book that was written by a Latin American writer that was lost for decades. Saul, cleaning out his grandfather's home after his death finds the lost book and tries to reunite it Thanks to NetGalley, Hanover Square Press, and Michael Zapata for the opportunity to read and review this book. This is a very different book - beautifully written but one of those books that makes me feel I'm not quite smart enough to read and enjoy it the way I should. The story is basically about a science fiction book that was written by a Latin American writer that was lost for decades. Saul, cleaning out his grandfather's home after his death finds the lost book and tries to reunite it with the author's son, who is living in post-Katrina New Orleans. The story - the very many stories - between those two events fills the pages of this book.I loved the writing and it was interesting to see the connections made between all the characters. What I definitely took away from this book is that we all have stories - and they are best shared with those we love. But I struggled a bit with the science fiction books and all those stories.This one is getting rave reviews and lots of press so it may be just the book for you!
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  • Nelda Brangwin
    January 1, 1970
    What looks to be a simple story turns into a complex layered look at two contemporary friends who go to New Orleans to return a handwritten book to its intended recipient. Adana Moreau, originally from Dominica, married a pirate in the early 1900’s. She’s written a science fiction story that sort of mirrors her life. Saul, who accidently acquires the book is intrigued and encourages his friend, Javier, who seems to be able to find disaster, to accompany him on the mission to New Orleans. The What looks to be a simple story turns into a complex layered look at two contemporary friends who go to New Orleans to return a handwritten book to its intended recipient. Adana Moreau, originally from Dominica, married a pirate in the early 1900’s. She’s written a science fiction story that sort of mirrors her life. Saul, who accidently acquires the book is intrigued and encourages his friend, Javier, who seems to be able to find disaster, to accompany him on the mission to New Orleans. The story is almost like two different universes, that of the science fiction story and that of Javier and Saul. Well-written this story within a story is engaging.
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