The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

The Lost Book of Adana Moreau

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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The story of a Latin American science fiction writer and the lives her lost manuscript unites decades later in post-Katrina New Orleans. In 1929 in New Orleans, a Dominican immigrant named Adana Moreau writes a science fiction novel. The novel earns rave reviews, and Adana begins a sequel. Then she falls gravely ill. Just before she dies, she destroys the only copy of the manuscript. Decades later in Chicago, Saul Drower is cleaning out his dead grandfather's home when he discovers a mysterious manuscript written by none other than Adana Moreau. With the help of his friend Javier, Saul tracks down an address for Adana's son in New Orleans, but as Hurricane Katrina strikes they must head to the storm-ravaged city for answers.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Hanover Square Press, 2020.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781488055737
Characteristics: 1 online resource (266 pages)


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Chicago author Zapata's debut novel weaves a story of two families connected by an unpublished manuscript. Adana Moreau grows up in the Dominican Republic in the early 1900s, a witness to tragedy who loses her parents. She falls in love with one of the last of the Caribbean pirates, and they rais... Read More »

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Mar 17, 2020

The concept of this story was great, but the execution was a little disappointing. There are multiple short stories that are told within the larger story of Saul trying to get a "lost" manuscript to the author's son. Zapata attempted to make this feel like "One Thousand Nights and a Night". There are a lot of different themes happening in the book, too; some of these themes aren't fully explored.

I wasn't a fan of the pages and pages of prose, the lack of dialog, or the focus on describing colors (everything seemed to be some shade of yellow). What does "hazel-colored hair" look like? Hazel is a mix between green and brown; that's not a natural hair color.

It was an interesting read with a lot of potential.

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ArapahoeRead Mar 05, 2020

A fantastic, inventive novel that I will be thinking about for a while. While the plot is enjoyable, what makes this unique are the wonderfully detailed characters that we encounter throughout the story. Highly recommended!

Feb 16, 2020

What looks to be a simple story turns into a complex layered look at two contemporary friends who go to New Orleans to return a handwritten book to its intended recipient. Adana Moreau, originally from Dominica, married a pirate in the early 1900’s. She’s written a science fiction story that sort of mirrors her life. Saul, who accidently acquires the book is intrigued and encourages his friend, Javier, who seems to be able to find disaster, to accompany him on the mission to New Orleans. The story is almost like two different universes, that of the science fiction story and that of Javier and Saul. Well-written this story within a story is engaging.


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