The Mo­ment of Truth

Damian Mcni­choll

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Pe­ga­sus Books Hard­cover $25.95 (352pp) 978-1-68177-426-8

Bull­fight­ing’s place in the world of per­for­ma­tive art, as well as its moral­ity, are dis­cussed in­tel­li­gently.

A young woman with a pas­sion for bull­fight­ing nav­i­gates the prej­u­diced world of the 1950s in this novel of grow­ing up. En­chanted by the sport since at­tend­ing a fight as a child, Kath­leen ac­cepts a deal from a mata­dor in Mex­ico, leav­ing be­hind fam­ily and friends in Texas who be­lieve her mis­guided. Ev­ery­thing ap­pears to be stacked against her. Even when her tal­ent be­gins to be rec­og­nized, her in­struc­tor, Fer­min, takes all the credit. Through­out Damian Mcni­choll’s The Mo­ment of Truth, Kath­leen learns to take what’s hers and to live life on her own terms.

Al­ter­nat­ing per­spec­tives be­tween Kath­leen and Fer­min add di­men­sion to the plot, but it is Kath­leen’s first-per­son chap­ters that drive the nar­ra­tive. Fear, su­per­sti­tion, and a slew of other child­ish flaws re­strict her ad­vance­ment both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally; how­ever, her youth­ful stub­born­ness ul­ti­mately re­deems her. She is de­liv­ered from these pages as a full hu­man per­son, three-di­men­sional and dy­namic. A ro­man­tic sub­plot, too, shapes her char­ac­ter, and ten­sions sur­round­ing the re­la­tion­ship re­fo­cus her.

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