Synopses & Reviews
Throughout mathematician Philip Masyrk's peripatetic life, there has been only one constant: Irma Arcuri. Their ongoing love affair has endured his two marriages and her countless travels. But now Irma has vanished, leaving Philip her library of 351 books, including five written by Irma herself. Buried somewhere within her luxuriously rebound volumes of Cervantes and Turgenev, Borges and Fowles, lies the secret to her disappearance-and Philip soon realizes that he is trapped within their narratives as well. Who is Irma Arcuri? What is really hidden in the library? And most importantly, whose story is this? Unapologetically sexy and brazenly intellectual, The 351 Books of Irma Arcuri
is the impressive debut of a daring new literary talent.
" A sexy book that's about everything, yet above all about the act (Act? Art!) of reading itself."
"An intellectual thriller for a literate audience."
-Los Angeles Times
" If you have ever opened a novel and found yourself 'inside' the story, you must read this book."
-Keith Donahue, author of The Stolen Child
About the Author
David Bajo grew up the tenth of fifteen children on a California ranch overlooking the Pacific and the Tijuana bullring. He earned a master’s in English literature at the University of Michigan and received an MFA in fiction from UC-Irvine. He worked as a journalist in San Diego, covering border culture, Mexican wrestler movies, music, and drama. He also translated Spanish and Portuguese sociology, anthropology, and physics. David has taught writing at UC-Irvine and Boise State, and presently teaches at the University of South Carolina. He’s published stories in The Sun, Zyzzyva, and The Cimarron Review.