The Lost Book of Adana Moreau by Michael Zapata audiobook

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau: A Novel

By Michael Zapata
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Harlequin Audio, Hanover Square Press 9781335010124
9.49 Hours Unabridged
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The mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites in post-Katrina New Orleans In 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, leaving behind her husband and son, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript. Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower’s dying grandfather asks him to send a mysterious package to Adana Moreau’s son, Maxwell, a theoretical physicist at the University of Chile. When the package is unexpectedly returned, Saul discovers that it contains 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immigrant born on a steamship to parents fleeing the aftershocks of the Russian Revolution, come across this lost unpublished manuscript? Where is Maxwell 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. Weaving together history, philosophy, and metaphysics, and imbued with the lyrical signatures of Latin American literature, 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.

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Summary

Summary

The mesmerizing story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites in post-Katrina New Orleans

In 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, leaving behind her husband and son, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript.

Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower’s dying grandfather asks him to send a mysterious package to Adana Moreau’s son, Maxwell, a theoretical physicist at the University of Chile. When the package is unexpectedly returned, Saul discovers that it contains 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 lost unpublished manuscript? Where is Maxwell 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.

Weaving together history, philosophy, and metaphysics, and imbued with the lyrical signatures of Latin American literature, 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Spellbinding and sage, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a beautifully imagined saga. Adana Moreau’s long lost novel unites a fascinating cast of characters with a hypnotic pull, weaving together their lives and transcending time. Michael Zapata steers us on a journey through history, friendship, family, the extraordinary, the ordinary, and even the stars. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a rich and philosophically poignant homage to the metaphysical magic of storytelling.” Kira Jane Buxton, author of Hollow Kingdom
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a hypnotic, whirling meditation on displacement and exile. This is a novel that cherishes the bonds between people even when those bonds are seemingly severed by time and distance. Zapata is a brilliant new voice who controls impermanence, asymmetry, and possibility like a classical composer with perfect pitch.” Maurice Carlos Ruffin, author of We Cast a Shadow
“Zapata is a thrilling new talent.” Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree
“This bold, inventive debut moves through the twentieth century like a cyclone. The Lost Book of Adana Moreau opens with American Marines in Santo Domingo, tears on through New Orleans and reaches a roaring end in the Atacama Desert of Chile. Michael Zapata writes as skillfully of rebellion as he does of joy and every page of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau comes alive.” Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear
“Zapata is a thrilling new talent. Alternating between the quest for a man in post-Katrina New Orleans for whom a mystery manuscript was left to be posthumously delivered, and the tale the manuscript itself tells, The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is an ambitious novel that probes for friendship, the possibility of parallel worlds, and the way the real and the unreal meet at every moment.” Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree
The Lost Book of Adana Moreau is a profound novel about the persistence of stories and the singular power that books can conjure. Zapata is a luminous writer—a rule-breaker in the best way, and a storyteller who weaves between eras and genres with fluidity and grace. I loved every page of this bold debut.” Matthew Sullivan, author of Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
“Michael Zapata writes as skillfully of rebellion as he does of joy, and every page of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau comes alive.” Idra Novey, author of Ways to Disappear
“An ambitious novel that probes for friendship, the possibility of parallel worlds, and the way the real and the unreal meet at every moment.” Ingrid Rojas Contreras, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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Author

Author Bio: Michael Zapata

Author Bio: Michael Zapata

Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE: A Literary Magazine. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Fiction; the City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program award; and a Pushcart nomination. As an educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing dropout students. He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and has lived in New Orleans, Italy, and Ecuador. He currently lives in Chicago with his family.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 9.49
Audience: Adult
Language: English