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"A hugely entertaining love story that circumvents time and place and culture. Reyes is well-known in his native Mexico. This fast-moving novel, his first to be published in English, is a welcome addition to all literary collections."
Kirkus Reviews
Reyes makes it all work in a deft tale thatís part character study, part comic nightmare, and altogether engrossing and satisfying.

An enjoyable magical-realist romp which describes, in the energetically foulmouthed voice of a young taxi driver, the odd transformations that occur when he reluctantly agrees to become the chauffeur for a sixtyish woman passenger, who tells him she's dying and longs to revist the scenes of her youth in Mexico City. In effect, her aging black Ford is a time machine: the present becomes Barbara's 1940s and '50s; and when Juan, to his amazement, becomes her lover, he enters her past life. It's a delicious, disturbing conceit. Reyes makes it all work in a deft tale thatís part character study, part comic nightmare, and altogether engrossing and satisfying."

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