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Out in the Open: A Novel
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"A harrowing, humane, and very beautiful book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You 

A searing dystopian vision of a young boy's flight through an unnamed, savaged country, searching for sanctuary and redemption—a debut novel from one of Europe's bestselling literary stars.
     

A young boy has fled his home. He’s pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he’s fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine.

Out in the Open tells the story of this journey through a drought-stricken country ruled by violence. A world where names and dates don’t matter, where morals have drained away with the water. In this landscape the boy—not yet a lost cause—has the chance to choose hope and bravery, or to live forever mired in the cycle of violence in which he was raised. Carrasco has masterfully created a high stakes world, a dystopian tale of life and death, right and wrong, terror and salvation.
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"A harrowing, humane, and very beautiful book.” —Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You 

A searing dystopian vision of a young boy's flight through an unnamed, savaged country, searching for sanctuary and redemption—a debut novel from one of Europe's bestselling literary stars.
     

A young boy has fled his home. He’s pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he’s fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine.

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        May 15, 2017
        Carrasco’s debut novel offers a vague, terrifying, and violent tale told in sparse, taut prose reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy. An unnamed boy is on the run from his harsh father and a sadistic bailiff. He flees into a vast, drought-riddled expanse in his unnamed country with a vague plan to simply get as far from home as possible. After he bumps into an old man with a small herd of goats and an overly friendly dog, the two become travelling companions, heading north to the mountains, where water is supposedly more prevalent. They endure sunstroke, dehydration, and the shocking cruelty of local authorities while slowly growing fond of each other despite their stoic reservations. Details are hazy, and although there are hints of a collapsed civilization barely hanging on after catastrophic climate change, the lack of specificity leaves little to focus on but brutality and survival. The boy’s traumatic history appears as rapid, disconnected flashes, blunting the emotional impact. The violence will make some readers balk, but passages of lovely writing coupled with the jaw-clenching tension and moments of hope make this a welcome introduction a new voice.

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        Starred review from May 1, 2017
        A stark debut novel details a young boy's flight from danger across a desiccated, dangerous land.Carrasco's unnamed protagonist begins his journey cowering in an olive grove while men shout his name. "He had caused an incident" at home, necessitating his escape. He is left entirely alone, and "the black flower of his family's betrayal still gnawed at his stomach." Details of this incident are mysterious to the reader, but the boy sets out in haste across a severe and drought-stricken plain. He doesn't bring adequate provisions for the arduous trip, and soon hunger overtakes him. A world-weary goatherd he encounters offers food and protection, eventually becoming the boy's mentor. Spare in dialogue but lush in cinematic description, Carrasco's novel (as translated by Costa) draws on old archetypes of journey and mentorship, depicting beauty in the gaunt, nameless landscape as well as the relationship between the man and the boy. "There was a time when the plain had been an ocean of wheat fields...fragrant green waves waiting for the summer sun," Carrasco writes. "The same sun that now fermented the clay and ground it down to dust." The boy and goatherd fight to stay just ahead of danger, but they do so beneath "stars...like jewels encrusted in a transparent sphere." There is an urgency to the boy's escape; at night he "dreams he's being pursued. The usual dream. He's running away from someone he never sees, but whose hot breath he can feel on his neck." The goatherd teaches the boy his ascetic ways, and the boy searches for the confidence to outsmart the men who rabidly chase him. In this tale about becoming a man, it is clear that confronting one's own demons is as important as outwitting the danger that lurks in the dark. Harshly and elegantly told; a quest that feels both old and new.

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        March 1, 2017

        In a lawless, drought-ravaged land, a boy hides from pursuers, then sets off for freedom, meeting a goatherd who embodies all the righteous brightness lost to his world and learns that he has choices. Carrasco's debut sold hugely in Spain, with multiple awards and rights grabbed by nearly two dozen countries.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        June 1, 2017

        A boy, escaping an abusive environment, encounters and befriends an elderly goatherd; together, traveling by night and resting under cover by day, they bond as they struggle to satisfy their basic survival needs--eating, drinking, voiding, sleeping--with the four elements playing pivotal roles, often to their advantage but sometimes not. While scouting for water by himself, the boy is kidnapped by a crippled bounty hunter, from whom he escapes, only to wind up in the clutches of his evil pursuers, the bailiff and his deputy. He and the goatherd confront the captors in a stunning and violent climax that brings the story full circle, with the boy as forsaken as when the tale began. The bare-bones narration and skeletal dialog reflect the stark, drought-ravaged terrain, a withered, austere wasteland set in a chaotic, desolate state. The characters' general anonymity gives an almost parable-like feel to a story of salvation and fragile hope as a downpour closes the novel. VERDICT A dynamite debut by a writer whose dark and symbolic view of an ominous society seems frighteningly realistic. [See Prepub Alert, 2/6/17.]--Lawrence Olszewski, North Central State Coll., Mansfield, OH

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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A young boy has fled his home. He’s pursued by dangerous forces. What lies before him is an infinite, arid plain, one he must cross in order to escape those from whom he’s fleeing. One night on the road, he meets an old goatherd, a man who lives simply but righteously, and from that moment on, their paths intertwine.

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