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Hidden Place

Shiflett, Shawn

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ISBN 10: 1888451505 / ISBN 13: 9781888451504
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Title: Hidden Place

Publisher: Akashic Books


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"Intriguing and absorbing, story-telling of the highest order."
Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting

"Shiflett resists taming his characters, lets them burn in the brambles, in the heat of Mexico. They grow and they learn. We grow and we learn."
Carolyn Chute, author of The Beans of Egypt, Maine

Hidden Place is a coming-of-age story in which the irreverent voice of Trainspotting meets the tropical mystery of The Beach. Set in Chicago and Mexico, the story focuses on six uncomfortably real characters. On a Mexican beach, a conflict between the local Indians and hippies from the U.S. escalates into a cycle of violence.

Shawn Shiflett was born and raised in Chicago. He is a tenured professor in fiction writing at Chicago’s Columbia College. He lives in La Grange, Illinois, with his wife and two children.

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LIBRARY JOURNAL, Dec. 2003 In Shiflett's literary debut, two lovers are vacationing in a small Mexican resort town in the 1970s when murder intrudes. The couple's troubles begin when they cross paths with Jay, a psychopathically violent racist who is encouraging a vacationing hippie intent on killing a local resident, even as Roman intervenes to stop the violence. More confrontations follow, Jay attempts to seduce Mila, and Roman suspects Jay of setting several fires, one fatal. As Roman narrates the details of their vacation-turned-nightmare, he also reflects on his relationship with Mila. Shiflett focuses on Roman's struggle to follow his better instincts to do what is right despite possible dangerous consequences. With its exploration of racism, American jingoism, dysfunctional families, and lost love, this work is moving, suspenseful, funny, thoughtful, and sad. It will appeal to a wide range of readers and should find its way into both academic and public libraries.

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