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Publication Date: May 25, 2021

608 pp


List Price US: $11.99

ISBN: 978-1-63542-996-1


List Price US: $18.99

ISBN: 978-1-63542-995-4

Trim Size: 5.26 x 7.92 x 1.22 in.

Above the Rain

A Novel

by Víctor del Árbol Translated by Lisa Dillman

“A meditation on family, circumstance, and violence, both political and personal.” —Publishers Weekly

“A quality of grace, hope, and forgiveness fills [del Árbol’s] books, propelling readers forward amid intricate plotting with any number of possible outcomes. [He] is equal parts painfully realistic and playfully mystical in writing about the way humans have of helping and destroying each other…[Faulkner] might have found a kindred spirit in Víctor del Árbol.” —Houston Press

“A sweeping and devastating historical novel, full of suspense, Del Árbol’s Above the Rain is a masterclass in the way that trauma is reinforced and repeated throughout generations, with deadly consequences. In Del Árbol’s noir-inflected masterpiece, the past is always present, the political is always personal, and love, however fleeting, is the only redeeming grace. I loved every moment of it.” —Halley Sutton, author of The Lady Upstairs

Above the Rain is an exceptional novel about the present’s inability to deny the past, a clear-eyed examination of the cultural clashes in modern Europe. It’s also a novel about love, the different kinds thereof and how they offer their own various sorts of healing and redemption.” —Scott Phillips, author of The Ice Harvest and That Left Turn at Albuquerque

“Víctor del Árbol’s Above the Rain is a heartrending tour de force about mortality and chance and learning to live with ghosts. Rich with noir atmosphere, the book begins in 1950s Morocco and then brings us to contemporary Spain and Sweden. A sprawling ensemble cast drives the narrative, making for an epic unknotting of voices and experiences. It’s expertly plotted, suspenseful, and immersive. Lisa Dillman’s translation is crisp and elegant. Just extraordinary.” —William Boyle, author of Gravesend and City of Margins

“Haunting and provocative, Above the Rain is a novel of devastating, heartbreaking beauty. It demands your bravery, fires your imagination, and challenges your heart and soul. The rewards are rich. I will carry Miguel and Helena with me for a very long time.” —Bill Loehfelm, author of the Maureen Coughlin series

“A dark, vividly descriptive tale of two complicated people whose troubled pasts motivate a road trip full of winding turns, unexpected plot twists, and retribution. Adeptly plotted, an examination of our own pasts, of what we cannot change about them, and what we do with the time we have left.” —John McMahon, Edgar Award–nominated author of The Good Detective

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“Darkly engrossing…[A Million Drops] defies categorization, pulling together the best elements of historical fiction, psychological thrillers, and literary character studies.” —Washington Post

“A mystery on an epic scale, extending over decades, generations, and nations…Meticulously plotted and stylishly written, this is a page-turner with fresh twists and surprises right up to the very end.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Del Árbol, a gifted storyteller, keeps the pages turning even as he probes the dark, compromised souls of his characters.” —Chicago Tribune

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