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Losing the Light Paperback – March 22, 2011
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His medium? Photography. Quique has the uncanny knack of photographing the unusual in the world. Sea turtles the size of small islands, water nymphs, these are but two of his subjects. When a shoot with a washed-up hollywood starlet goes pear-shaped, he discovers an opportunity that could change his waning career, and possibly give him the satisfaction his missed in his youth.
Cartwright spins a tale that is equal parts fantasy and documentary. Following Quique's journey is like watching a National Geographic special, wholly captivating and perhaps too brief, but does not fail to impress. The reader can expect to be drawn into this world that is just out-of-focus of our own with rich prose that both captures that which is most noble in all of us, and that which is seeking to drag us into banal mediocrity.
To say any more about this piece would give too much away. "Losing the Light" is captivating, endearing, and as close to perfect storytelling as one is likely to find. It is vivid without being verbose, touching without being drenched in sap. Brian Cartwright has a great deal of talent, and hopefully this novel will not be his under-appreciated masterwork.
(Review originally appeared at [...], issue 36)