Let’s celebrate


Better Delbeck


I’m not sure why, but I tend to play my cards pretty close to the vest on this sort of thing, and wait until the last minute to let the cat out of the bag. But I’ve got a new book coming out this year. It’s a novel, called One Life in English and Circunstancias atenunates in Spanish. The point of departure is my work as a mitigation specialist. It’s about Richard, a gringo in Mexico, who combs the back roads of Michoacán trying to find out about Esperanza, a young Mexican in a Louisiana jail, accused of killing her baby. Richard hopes that his investigation will save her from the death penalty. In alternating chapters, I tell both their stories, and how they’re linked by life and death, sex and love.

I wrote the book in English, and Unnamed Press will bring it out in the U.S. in October. It was expertly translated into Spanish by Fernanda Melchor, and is set to be published by Tusquets this autumn (once they give me a date, I’ll let you know). The early reviews are encouraging — this is what Publishers Weekly says, and here’s how Kirkus Reviews weighed in. In case you want to be the first on your block to acquire a copy, here’s the link to its Amazon page. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to make myself a martini. 


13 thoughts on “Let’s celebrate

  1. Steve Rosse - August 3, 2016

    Congratulations David! The reviews are great. I hope it’s a hit.

  2. Mexico Cooks - August 3, 2016

    This is the best news of the week! Congratulations and much success!
    A toast!

  3. Daphne Greaves - August 3, 2016

    Congratulations David, I look forward to reading it when it comes out.

  4. TE Wilson - August 4, 2016

    ¡Felicitaciones! Looking forward to reading this. I think I might know why you go slow on the news front: publishing is fraught with peril.

  5. C.M. Mayo - August 4, 2016

    Felicidades, David!

  6. Elodie - August 4, 2016

    So exciting, bravo David, can’t wait to read it.

  7. Rena Lindstrom - August 4, 2016

    David, this is wonderful news. I remember a conversation we had about your work I’m mitigation. Where were we? I can’t wait to read it.

  8. David Simmonds - August 4, 2016

    Excellent, David. I look forward to reading it.

  9. Tony cohan - August 5, 2016

    Just the best news, David. Huge congrats. Delighted for you.

  10. Adam - August 7, 2016

    Really happy for you David and congratulations again ! Looking forward to seeing you soon x

  11. Gordon Gilkey - August 12, 2016

    I look forward to reading your book as well. Will there be an electronic version for my Kindle?


  12. David Lida - August 12, 2016

    Yes there will be, but not until closer to the publication date of October 11.

  13. Prentice petrino - August 15, 2016


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