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The Day Underneath the Day
The Second Person
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The Affliction

The Affliction

Four Way Books, 2018

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The Debut Collection of Fiction from an Award-Winning Poet

The Affliction

A man who can disappear; a woman who can see the future; a boy who kills his brother and loses the ability to speak; a man raised in a cult who now believes he is destined to die: The Affliction is a novel in stories that artfully weaves together the lives of its characters in ways both surprising and, in the end, inevitable. Diego Flores meets Ricardo Blanco, a damaged man who tells him about Javier Castillo, a man he once knew who could vanish into thin air. This sets into motion a chain of events that not only transforms Diego's life but that of many others.

Praise for The Affliction

From Library Journal

"…Capturing a community, these linked stories open with The Affliction, which details Javier Castillo’s astonishing ability to disappear and reappear at will….of course being invisible, like so many people in marginalized communities, is as disquieting as being among the ‘disappeared’ of Latin American history…. A heartfelt and well-crafted work."

Advanced Praise for The Affliction

From Charles Baxter

"The linked stories in C. Dale Young's The Affliction send us off to a magical location, where the fantastical can seem both miraculous and ordinary. These tales treat life-and-death matters with a beautifully eloquent fervor, and, like the stories of Julio Cortazar, they remind us of how varied and unpredictable short stories, like the world itself, can be."

From Laura van den Berg

"C. Dale Young’s stories masterfully illuminate the moments in which regret and longing and grace powerfully collide—and transform the topography of a life. The Affliction is an exhilarating collection: I emerged deeply grateful for the existence of this book."

From Manuel Muñoz

"Tongue or no tongue, the truth always [comes] out.”  The Affliction unspools a history of disappearance and secrecy and traces how our personal lives can be haunted by ghosts not even of our making. One discrepancy, one exaggeration, or one florid recollection, Young suggests, and the reality we know can dissolve before our eyes. This is a fascinating, multilayered collection that thrillingly moves us to consider why the very act of telling a story—and making every detail loyal to both history and the heart—is truly “the gift of understanding."