Books by Andrew Hurley

THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE HOLY SHROUD by Julia Navarro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 2, 2007

"Terrifically lively characterizations and the author's passion for her subject make this one stand out."
An exuberant, deeply involved thriller woven around the history of the Shroud of Turin. Read full book review >
THE WAKE by Margo Glantz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Decidedly one-note, however richly sung."
A cellist attending the funeral of her renowned ex-husband is beset by conflicting emotions, in this impressionistic fiction by award-winning Mexican author Glantz (Family Tree, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF THE SOUTH by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 7, 2004

"Pérez-Reverte at his best is a matchless entertainer. But this, his weakest novel, is a major disappointment."
The perilous arc of a powerful woman druglord's career, painstakingly traced by the Spanish author of such brainteasing thrillers as The Club Dumas (1998) and The Seville Communion (1999). Read full book review >
DEAR FIRST LOVE by Zoé Valdés
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2002

"There's a lot going on here, but it's still the least successful of Valdés's work yet."
This ambitious third novel from the Havana author (I Gave You All I Had, 1999, etc.) is, like its predecessors, a bold criticism of the ongoing Cuban Revolution's repressive social controls and a forthright (in fact, X-rated) celebration of uncontrollable sexual passion. Valdés's protagonist, middle-aged Danae, leaves her dull husband and clinging family to return to the western Pinar del Rio region where, as a 12-year-old girl in the 1970s, she had labored in the tobacco fields as part of Fidel Castro's "re-education" programs for urban dwellers, and fallen in love with the taciturn country girl Tierra Fortuna Munda (yes, a symbolic name if there ever was one). This former "child enlightened in the mysteries of nature," with whom Danae is now reunited, is the center of a vortex of "voices"—heard both in the present and in the remembered past, which plaintively express the hunger for political, religious, and sexual freedom. Valdés is a formidably gifted storyteller, but her very noisy tale shouts its messages, revels in awkward crudities (the labor camp's girls are further burdened by nicknames like Mara the Wheezer and Venus Putrefaction), and sinks into a morass of forced exoticism, magical realism, and animism (narrators of various segments include numerous animals, and a suitcase). Read full book review >
THE COLOR OF SUMMER by Reinaldo Arenas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"Excessive, redundant, chaotic, and absolutely necessary. And if Fifo ever gets hold of a copy, he'll be swallowing his cigars."
Fourth volume of the late (1943-90) Cuban writer's semiautobiographical "pentagony" (Arenas's word), written in 1991 as part of a five-volume sequence (The Palace of White Skunks, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >