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The Shape of Bones by Daniel Galera

The Shape of Bones

  • Hardcover $25.00

    Aug 15, 2017 | 240 Pages

  • Ebook $12.99

    Aug 15, 2017 | 240 Pages

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The Shape of Bones is a work of art about the fragility of things, the ever-presence of the past and the hidden currents that push us this way and that. A book of visceral and tender beauty whose echoes persist long after the final page. Alison Entrekin’s impressive translation reads as if Galera had written in English.” —David Mitchell

“The Shape of Bones is a tense, atmospheric meditation on the hypnotic pull of the past, cast in ferociously intelligent prose. Daniel Galera is a thrilling writer, and this novel is nothing short of essential.” —Laura van den Berg

“In The Shape of Bones, Daniel Galera understands that violence is mysteriously capable of restoring a person to reality and  preparing him to meet his moment of grace. His characters bear life’s inevitable weight of guilt and shame, all the while striving to resolve the fearful events of the past.” —Susanna Moore

“The second novel now to be translated into English by the exciting force known as Daniel Galera, The Shape of Bones is an important meditation on memory and manliness as they both work to define masculine actions and identity. Told in dueling narratives, this story traces Hermano’s life as a teenage boy and adult, as both race toward a tumultuous and violent moment that will reshape how he moves through the world. Scenes from his childhood are replete with that universal nostalgia echoic of any reader’s youth, and Hermano’s inner monologue as an adult taps into those undeniable feelings of regret and aimless angst anyone who has traversed this earth for long enough would relate to. A welcome addition to Galera’s English-language oeuvre, dive into this brutal, bittersweet book with brash abandon.” —John Gibbs, Green Apple Books
“Galera’s often pensive story is well-told and by limiting the reader’s view to but a few glimpses of his main character’s life, he lends Hermano a universality and emotional range that will likely resonate widely. The Shape of Bones, with its propulsive plot and meditative milieu, offers a fictional foray into the enduring consequences of action and inaction alike.” —Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books
“Coming of age novels have always had a special allure for me, and this male coming of age story is a most stunningly vivid and insightful one. Hermano, the protagonist, is a successful, 30-year-old plastic surgeon, husband and father; yet he often leaves the comforts of his life to engage in risky physical endeavors, and wonders why. En route to a particularly dangerous mountain climb, he stops to visit the town in which he grew up, reflects on his childhood friends who were prone to drinking and fighting, and recounts a number of tender childhood memories. Hermano is a man who has carefully planned his adult life as a surgeon who knows the natural shape of bones, to escape that which now haunts him—violence and the disfigurement of bones and bodies that can result from violence, his guilt and regret over decisions he made during his childhood. We are witness to a man now ready to face his demons in an attempt to find a better way forward; in other words, this is a haunting story with universal appeal.”  —Jeanne Joesten, Literati Books
“An evocatively-written story of teenage boys growing up in a Brazilian suburb. Galera describes the teenage male spirit on the verge of manhood, when the idea that personal responsibility may be different for boys and men first enters the youthful consciousness.” —Alice Melloy, Blue Willow Bookshop

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