Through glinting, lyrical prose, González reveals flashes of the “monstrousness of life.” Set in a Colombian seaside village, The Storm twists around one family and the bubbling hatred of twins Mario and Javier for their father. Lost in delusions of grandeur, the father forces his two sons on a fishing trip despite a roiling storm. The novel turns between the stunning sands bordering the Caribbean Sea and the washed-up debris – cans, tooth-brushes, and battered shoes – that corrode its shore.
Slipping in and out of the twins’ minds, González’s prose traps the reader in a spiral of scorn, compassion, and fear that belies an otherwise lush, calm landscape. Whether peering into the maw of the brutal storm or catching a glimpse of one’s reflection in glassy waters, this novel submerges us in its profound depths. From one of Colombia’s most acclaimed contemporary novelists, The Storm is “threaded with lightning.”