The Stars Above Veracruz
by Barry Gifford, a review from Esquire by Anna Godbersen.
"Barry Gifford's collection of visions, The Stars Above Veracruz, begins and ends in the voice of a character known only as the Ropedancer, and indeed the whole enterprise seems to tiptoe a line on high. The Ropedancer has not walked the high wire since he was sixteen, when his parents, 'the Dancing Ciegas,' plunged to their deaths; his funambulism is now, thus, 'a demonstration consisting solely of mental agility.' He lives in the Hotel Los Regalos de los Dios in Veracruz, 'something of a repository for lost travelers who often find themselves in a confessional mode.' This is the conceit connecting the vignettes that follow, although it is not a heavy-handed one; it is, in fact, barely there." Read the entire Esquire review.