At Night We Walk in Circles

At Night We Walk in Circles

A Novel

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781594632839
  • 384 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult


Look out for Daniel Alarcon’s graphic novel, City of Clowns, out from Riverhead Books in November 2015.

At Night We Walk in Circles is the breakout novel from a prizewinning young writer: a “surrealistic tour de force” (O, The Oprah Magazine) about one man’s obsessive search to find the truth of another man’s downfall.

Nelson’s life is not turning out the way he hoped. His girlfriend is sleeping with another man; his brother has left their South American country, leaving Nelson to care for their widowed mother; and his acting career can’t seem to get off the ground. That is, until he lands a starring role in a touring revival of The Idiot President, a legendary play by Nelson’s hero, Henry Nuñez, leader of the storied guerrilla theater troupe Diciembre. And that’s when the real trouble begins.

Nelson’s fate is slowly revealed through the investigation of the narrator, a young man obsessed with Nelson’s story—and perhaps closer to it than he lets on. In sharp, vivid, and beautiful prose, Alarcón delivers a compulsively readable narrative and a provocative meditation on fate, identity, and the large consequences that can result from even our smallest choices.
At Night We Walk in Circles

At Night We Walk in Circles

Written by: Daniel Alarcón


California Book Award – finalist


Praise for At Night We Walk in Circles

“Wise and engaging . . . [a] layered, gorgeously nuanced work.”
The New York Times Book Review

“Consistently compelling . . . Alarcón’s smoothly polished prose [is] flecked with wit and surprisingly epigraphic phrases . . . with lines that knock the wind out of you.”
The Washington Post

“Outstanding . . . a work that creates a multilayered world and invites you to enter it.”
Los Angeles Times

“Masterful . . . a sterling novel . . . brave, thoughtful and astute . . . elegant in its construction, it feels perfectly suited to bring Alarcón’s tremendous talent to a wider audience.”
The Miami Herald 

“Compelling . . . an intellectual puzzle.”
The Boston Globe 


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Daniel Alarcon’s At Night We Walk in Circles (Riverhead) is a California Book Awards Finalist in the Non-Fiction Category.Since 1931, the California Book Awards have strived to annually recognize… Read more >