Books by Lisa Dillman

A MILLION DROPS by Victor del Árbol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 2018

"Meticulously plotted and stylishly written, this is a page-turner with fresh twists and surprises right up to the very end."
A mystery on an epic scale, extending over decades, generations, and nations as it attempts to illuminate the deepest mystery of all—the evil within the human soul. Read full book review >
MOURNING by Eduardo Halfon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2018

"In this follow-up to The Polish Boxer (2012) and Monastery (2014), Halfon constructs a kind of postmodern memorial to his grandfathers, who outlived the horrors of the Holocaust but not its searing emotional aftereffects."
In his latest autobiographical novel to be translated into English, Guatemalan native Halfon's same-named alter ego continues his far-flung travels to probe hidden family truths dating back to Nazi concentration camps. Read full book review >
THE RIGHT INTENTION by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 6, 2018

"A gorgeous, fully realized collection in which each novella can be appreciated on its own as well as in concert with the others."
Lonely, desperate, obsessive characters inform the stories in Barba's latest collection. Read full book review >
SUCH SMALL HANDS by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"A darkly evocative work about young girls, grief, and the unsettling, aching need to belong."
A newcomer to an all-girls orphanage invents a violent game for the other children to play each night. Read full book review >
AUGUST, OCTOBER by Andrés Barba
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"This is a coming-of-age novel that can be captivating and possesses many strengths but an equal—perhaps greater—number of weaknesses."
Fourteen-year-old Tomás' life changes forever while on a beach vacation with his family in award-winning Spanish writer Barba's (Rain Over Madrid, 2014, etc.) newly translated novel. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A satisfying novel."
Narrated by a savant rescued from a feral existence by a woman who discovers her in the basement of the house she inherits in Mazatlán, Mexico, this is a novel of ideas masquerading as a story about sustainable tuna fishing. Preposterous as that sounds, it's an assured and satisfying debut. Read full book review >
THE GAUDI KEY by Esteban Martin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2008

"Humorless and breathless yet long-winded thriller, drowning in symbology."
The latest addition to the Oh-No-We-Got-Christianity-All-Wrong thriller genre, from a pair of Barcelona natives. Read full book review >
THE MULE by Juan Eslava Galán
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2008

"Galán's portrait of war's brutality and absurdity echoes both Hemingway and Heller, but he gives the narrative his own cynical and idiosyncratic spin."
A stubborn and engaging army corporal tries to survive the Spanish Civil War in this U.S. debut by a veteran Spanish novelist. Read full book review >
ZIG ZAG by Jose Carlos Somoza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"As in previous novels, Somoza (The Art of Murder, 2006, etc.) tweaks literary conventions and metaphysical matters as much as scientific theories. The suspense and thrills he creates are deliciously intellectual rather than visceral."
A group of scientists try to manipulate time and space, with deadly and far-reaching results. Read full book review >
THE SCROLL OF SEDUCTION by Gioconda Belli
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"An intricate, sexy historical narrative, exploring the triumph of individual will over masculine coercion."
Nicaraguan poet, novelist and memoirist Belli (The Country Under My Skin, 2002, etc.) offers a beguiling feminist take on the frustrated life of a 15th-century Spanish queen. Read full book review >