So, what works so well here? This novel has all the attributes to attract reluctant readers for a start: slim, interesting title and cover, and a bang up opening chapter. However, this book is not one only for those who eschew reading: it is a beautifully wrought work as well. Saldana has already demonstrated his lyrical prose in FINDING OUR WAY and THE JUMPING TREE and in numerous stories in various collections. Saldana manages to write powerfully, to create characters, and to provide a twist on a familiar plot in just a few pages. He enters, tells the story, and leaves the reader to wonder what will happen after his storytelling is done. Alby and Barry have more story left to tell; that is certain.
Thanls to David Gill for sending me the jpeg of the cover. Cool.