In the years before the Mexican Revolution, Mexico is ruled by a tiny elite that apes European culture, grows rich from foreign investment, and prizes racial purity. The vast majority of Mexicans, who are native or of mixed native and Spanish blood, are politically powerless and slowly starving to death. Presiding over this corrupt system is Don
Porfirio Diaz, the ruthless and inscrutable president of the Republic. City of Palaces is a sweeping novel of interwoven lives: Miguel Sarmiento and Alicia Gavilan, the boy Jose, the idealistic Francisco Madero and Luis, shunned as a “sodomite”. It is a glittering mosaic of the past and a insight into the wealth of the modern age.
Michael Nava is a third generation Californian of Mexican descent. He received his law degree from Stanford University. He has written several novels including The Little Death and Rag and Bone, each of
which was greeted with critical acclaim. He was awarded the Bill
Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement in gay and lesbian literature. His new novel City of Palaces focuses on his greatest interest yet; the Mexican Revolution in 1910. Nava is also a distinguished appellate lawyers working in the California Court System as well as the Supreme Court.