Ray of the Star
Ray Roundup Time Out Chicago Time Out New York Denver Post January Magazine Guernica The Denver Examiner Bookforum Bookmunch Minnesota Reads The Selected Ballads Vol.1 Brooklyn Identity Theory The Quarterly Conversation Los Angeles Review (print only) American Book Review (print only) The Collagist (interview) HTMLGiant (interview) DU Today (interview/profile) DU Clarion (interview/profile) Elimae (interview) Largehearted Boy (playlist) NYTimes Papercuts (playlist) An atmospherically intense love story and a thrilling, fantastical tale of lost souls in peril. Set in a dream-like European city reminiscent of Barcelona, along a boulevard teeming with artists who perform as living statues, comes the beautiful and frightening story of a man running from his past, a woman consumed by grief, and the forces that pursue them both. New to the city, Harry is drawn to the boulevard, and particularly to Solange, a silent, silver angel awash in Lucite tears and heartbreak. Haunted by his own mysterious tragedy, but determined to woo her, Harry visits Almundo’s Store for Living Statues and begins his transformation into the golden “Knight of the Woeful Countenance.” A love story related in the dark, stylish noir of continental cinema and overlaid with a patina of Surrealism, this is a novel where friends are also informers, street theater is the lifeblood of culture, and refuge can be found in the belly of a yellow, papier mâché submarine. As the lovers reckon with seers offering answers to insoluble questions, neighbors who take evening strolls with the dearly departed, critics who control more than artistic fate, and shoes determined to lead their wearers astray, they come to understand the price of survival and what it means to travel along the ray of the star. Called "one of the most talented young writers on the American scene today" by Paul Auster, Laird Hunt is the author of three previous, genre-bending novels: The Impossibly, The Exquisite, and Indiana, Indiana. A former press officer at the United Nations and current faculty member at the University of Denver, he lives in Boulder, Colorado.