John Nichols has a new novel out. I have enjoyed most of his work. Especially The Mexico City Trilogy. The Empanada Brotherhood is no exception to the rules. He has a nack for telling what appears to be just another day 2 day tale of his characters, but in the end it alway seems like more. I'll let you see for yourself. "What did we talk about? Life and death and centuries of history and the politics of the United States and Latin America and the Soviet Union. We discussed existentialism and the transcendentalists and the atomic bomb and love. He said, I am sorry for all the sorrows on this planet. Thank God we can still rejoice."