Christina Garcia's new novel The Lady Matador's Hotel is wonderfully original, employing a cast of six radically different characters whose live cross through their stays at an affluent hotel in an unnamed central American capital. The novel's structure is complex and original. The atmosphere of a place in perpetual turmoil is spot-on in its portrayal. And the narrative, like the character depiction, is energized by occupying some space between realism and Magical realism--an altogether fitting style for the setting, the character's backgrounds, and the events. You can read reviews and learn more about Garcia through her website.