War By Candlelight

War By Candlelight is a collection of stories by Daniel Alarcon that manages to be heartbreaking but hopeful and always brutally honest. These stories are peopled by thieves, absentee fathers, idealists, and revolutionaries all seeking to live the best way they know how while holding on to some kind of simple dignity. Most of the stories are set in the cities of Peru that the author has called home, with a couple taking place in New York City, but either way Alarcon’s beautifully unadorned prose brings it all to gripping life so that you can taste the dirt and smell the sweat whether he’s describing a crowded marketplace or a claustrophobic bedroom where a man lay dying.

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