The Reef

Juan Vil­loro Yvette Siegert, trans­la­tor

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Ge­orge Braziller Soft­cover $17.95 (240pp) 978-0-8076-0021-4

The Reef is a mul­ti­fac­eted ex­plo­ration of hu­man na­ture and the ways in which peo­ple con­tend with life af­ter loss.

“Peter­son achieved the Amer­i­can Dream with­out want­ing to at­tain it, and his suc­cess felt like a se­cond an­ni­hi­la­tion. In my eyes, that alone gave him a cer­tain dig­nity,” muses Tony Gón­gora, pro­tag­o­nist in Juan Vil­loro’s bit­ing and satir­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of tourist cul­ture and hu­man con­nec­tion, The Reef. Pithy yet com­plex lines like this abound, re­veal­ing a pro­lific tale of vi­o­lence, es­capism, overde­vel­op­ment, and phi­los­o­phy set in the pic­turesque Mex­i­can Caribbean.

Beau­ti­fully trans­lated to English by Yvette Siegert, The Reef fol­lows Gón­gora on his quest to solve the mur­der of Gin­ger Oldenville, Amer­i­can scuba diver and close friend. Set amidst a bizarre Caribbean re­sort aptly named The Pyra­mid for its dis­tinct de­sign, other con­cerns such as guer­rilla war­fare, im­mi­nent car­tel ac­tiv­ity, and trou­bling child­hood memories dis­rupt the progress of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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