Barefoot Dogs

Scribner. 2015. 160p. ISBN 9781476784960. $23; ebk. ISBN 9781476784984. STORIES
Although it's not immediately apparent, this debut collection features linked stories about a wealthy Mexican family whose members scatter abroad after the kidnapping of patriarch José Victoriano Arteaga. Each story lands like a punch, from the opening tale about young people crossing invisible boundaries in Mexico City to Arteaga's son wandering the sizzling streets of Madrid with his dog, Zurbarán, in search of his father.
VERDICT Energetic and colloquially written, this engaging collection shows what it's like to live in a world that isn't quite yours.
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