"[A] bonkers dystopia of deprivation and decadence . . . While Tears of the Trufflepig details a scabrous alternate version of the border region, it eventually inhabits a strange, dreamlike landscape of mystical encounters and psychedelic visions. The hallucinatory ending is also right out of Pynchon and will leave readers of this breakout work thrilled and disoriented in equal measure." —Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal


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“The drama, again and again, is a moment of discovery, when a person finds his or her nascent, hidden gift. It’s an epiphany of self-realization, or a sudden need to write five songs a day for two weeks, real songs, good songs that other people want to play, and Flores can let you hear them — almost alone among writers making up bands to write about, when Flores puts the lyrics he’s made up on the page they read like something people would actually sing. That the revelation fades, that people who for a brief time put something new into the world go back to the alcoholics and layabouts they always were, takes nothing away from their accomplishments, which glow on the page, making you wish you’d been there.” —Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone