Dope Opera

From Colombia, a tale of crashing planes and buried secrets

July is a quiet season for literary publishing. For some reason, cultural or economic or ecological, large, important novels by famous, award-winning authors do not thrive in the heat; they are cool-weather beasts. This year your Pynchons and Atwoods, your Coetzees and Lahiris, are waiting until September to emerge from their magnificent chrysalises. But alert book shoppers can sometimes find interesting, more delicate, less ballyhooed books in July. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a July book. Rules of Civility was a July book. And so is The Sound of Things Falling, by a Colombian writer named Juan...

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