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Set in vibrant, multicultural Miami, “The Last Flight of José Luis Balboa” is an absorbing collection of short stories from a gifted writer. Gonzalo Barr captures this international hub city in all its roiling guises, from the opulence of South Beach to the ferocity of Little Havana. Barr introduces us to unforgettable characters – an unscrupulous newscaster, a Lincoln Road bar manager, a beautiful but cruel teenaged heartbreaker, and the title character, a suicidal Latin pop star – in situations that teem with humor and brutality, absurdity and poignance. This remarkable debut offers a vivid portrait of a city defined by a blur of cultures.
Times Literary Supplement
“Engaging, funny, highly enjoyable...With their deceptively modest
authority and just as deceptively easy charm, these stories draw you
"Captivating . . . Stories that can't be stopped, that need to
be told. Gonzalo Barr's ear for dialogue and eye for character are unfailing.
Each story illuminates yet another corner of the human heart."
"A mesmerizing collection of the first order. It’s hilarious
and it’s harrowing. The stories here are exhilarating to read;
some are breathtaking and achingly beautiful. This is a dazzling literary