Justin Torres Blackouts

About the author:

Justin Torres is the bestselling author of We the Animals, which won the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award and was adapted into a feature film. Torres was named a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35,” a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, and a Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library. His short fiction has appeared in the New YorkerHarper’s, Granta, Tin House, and the Washington Post. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and teaches at UCLA.

About the book:

The novel Blackouts mines lost histories―personal and collective. Out in the desert in a place called the Palace, a young man tends to a dying soul, someone he once knew briefly, but who has haunted the edges of his life. As Juan waits for his end, he and the narrator trade stories―moments of joy and oblivion―and resurrect lost loves, lives, mothers, fathers, minor heroes. An extraordinary work of creative imagination, it insists that we look long and steady at the world we have inherited and the world we have made―a world full of ghostly shadows and flashing moments of truth.

Author photo by J.J. Geiger.