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The Lost Book of Adana Moreau: A Novel

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*Winner of the Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction*

A Heartland Booksellers Award Nominee

An NPR Best Book of the Year

A BookPage Best Book of the Year

A Library Journal Best Winter/Spring Debut of 2020

A Most Anticipated Book of 2020 from the Boston Globe and The Millions

A Best Book of February 2020 at Salon, The Millions, LitHub and Vol 1. Brooklyn

“A stunner—equal parts epic and intimate, thrilling and elegiac.”—Laura Van den Berg, author of The Third Hotel

“Smart and heart-piercing…a story of displacement, erasure, identity, mythology, and the ability of literature to simultaneously express and transcend our lives.” —NPR.org

In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript.

Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather’s home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by none other than Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Adana’s son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes, they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers. What results is a brilliantly layered masterpiece—an ode to home, storytelling and the possibility of parallel worlds.

“Hypnotizing.” —New York Times Book Review

“Deftly conjured…thematically vital.” —Washington Post

ISBN-13: 9781335147356

Media Type: Paperback(First Time Trade)

Publisher: Hanover Square Press

Publication Date: 07-06-2021

Pages: 304

Product Dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.81(d)

Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine. His debut novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau won the Chicago Review of Book Award for Fiction and was a finalist for the Heartland Booksellers Award for Fiction. He is on the core faculty of StoryStudio Chicago and the MFA faculty of Northwestern University. As an educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing dropout students. He lives in Chicago with his family.