Spurgeon has written a great novel. It's American. It's Mexican. It's Zapatista revolution lit meets massively wild love story. If Malcolm Lowry and Robert Stone's typewriters had a baby, this would be it. If you want a big book that keeps you hooked all the way through with grit and suspense and thrilling language, dig into LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN. You won't be disappointed.
--Anthony Swofford, author of JARHEAD, also a major motion picture
Michael Spurgeon's LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN is that best of books; a great war romance that loves a time & place and a beautiful woman equally well.
-- Tony D'Souza, author of WHITEMAN and MULE
It's a great time for an intelligent, surprising novel that explores the ground between the fiercely political and deeply personal. LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN is just such a book. Cesar Lobos de Madrid will haunt my dreams.
--Bonnie Nadzam, author of LAMB
People used to write books like Let the Water Hold Me Down all the time—tough novels of cultures clashing that will drink with you a while then punch you right in the heart. Michael Spurgeon’s first novel is headily reminiscent of past masters like Robert Stone, Paul Bowles and, yes, even Hemingway, and his prose has all the elegant precision and danger of a maybe-loaded gun. From its start, Spurgeon’s novel draws the reader into his story about the prices we pay for friendship, love, and human freedoms and is not afraid to look hard at what’s left when the bill comes due.
--Lance Weller, author of WILDERNESS: A NOVEL
What must a man lose, in order to come face to face with himself, and decide what he will be? This is the story of a man waking up, struggling against the suffocating inertia of American privilege to come to a moment of decisive action in the middle of a people's revolt in Mexico. Spurgeon's narrator is easy to like -- he tells a brutal, bloody story almost offhandedly, as a shy confession. I deeply feel his dismay as layers of his understanding of the world are peeled away by the ruthless circumstances in which he finds himself. As for Spurgeon's prose -- maybe this is how one must write about unspeakable pain. Unadorned notes and invisible crescendos lead us to the watershed moment so subtly that, like his protagonist, we find it impossible not to rise.
--Lydia Netzer, author of SHINE SHINE SHINE
Michael Spurgeon has written a remarkably fine novel. LET THE WATER HOLD ME DOWN has the makings of a classic. It is written with skill and with grace, and the old verities that are at the heart of being human are here: loss and grief, guilt and longing, loyalty and love.
--James Tipton, Mexconnect.com
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