Valeria Luiselli brings St John of the Cross into her rich mix early in the “novel.” Good for her. Awesome in fact. Brilliant. The book seems to grow steadily, slowly, even slyly, more and more astonishing.
“That’s the way literary recognition works, at least to a certain degree. It’s all a matter of rumor, a rumor that multiplies like a virus until it becomes a collective affinity.” Luiselli 35