Coming soon to bookstores in the US: Diego Zúñiga's beautiful, heartbreaking and brilliant novel: Camanchaca.
A long drive across Chile's Atacama Desert, traversing the "worn-out puzzle" of a broken family—a young man's corrosive intimacy with his mother, the obtrusive cheer of his absentee father, his uncle's unexplained death. The camanchaca is a low fog pushing in from the sea, its moisture sustaining near-barren landscape. Sometimes, the silences are what bind us.
"An unexpected voice, a new landscape—a sober, risky, unsettling, and surprising book." —Alejandro Zambra
"The amiable placidity of Camanchaca's young narrator attests to a safeguarding remoteness that cannot quite suppress a terrible mounting compulsion to confront his family's past and be released from its burden of secrets. Diligent but lacking the capacity to form judgements, distressed yet detached, I don't think I've come across a more evocative depiction of the painstaking transition from adolescence into the adult world." —Claire-Louise Bennet
"Diego Zúñiga is the author of an extraordinary first novel. Camanchaca is written with austerity and a laconic and fragmented style that is like the shreds of fog through which we are able to catch glimpses of the landscape." —Patricio Pron
"The past converges with the present in this startling debut by Diego Zúñiga. A young man, uncertain in life, penetrates his family's dysfunctional past during a road trip across the Chilean desert. Taut and fragmented, brilliant and brave, Camanchaca perfectly captures the difficult transition from young man to adult. A small diamond of a novel that once again proves literature can break your heart and infuse the spirit at the same time." —Mark Haber, Brazos Bookstore