Poso Wells

Poso Wells
Translated by Dick Cluster





San Francisco Chronicle
Aug 31, 2018

"Alemán takes aim at the social, cultural and ecological woes that plague a country that has been plundered for centuries. . . . Alemán is thoroughly Ecuadorian, but she's also steeped in comic books, Hollywood classics and H.G. Wells’ fiction, including the short story 'The Country of the Blind,' which helped inspire some of the characters in Poso Wells. Dick Cluster, the translator, has fused the poetic with the tabloid and brought the work of one of Latin America’s rising literary stars to readers in North America. Poso Wells can be read with pleasure in one long sitting and then reread for nuances and subtleties that surprise and entertain."––Jonah Raskin


Chapter from Poso Wells excerpted in Literary Hub
Sep 19, 2019
- Gabriela Alemán

An excerpt from Poso Wells appears in BOMB Magazine
Sep 19, 2018

Chapter 2, "Yesterday's Papers" is excerpted.

- Gabriela Alemán

The New Yorker

"The story is a condemnation not only of the corrupt businessmen and the criminal gangs that rule Poso Wells but also of the violence against women that plagues Latin America's real slums."


World Literature Today

"Poso Wells is a perfect complement for the current political state of the United States and the hopelessness caused by constant access to terrible news via social media. The story speaks to the delusion and god complex involved in wanting to lead an entire nation and the destructive power of indifference and greed. It also touches on the silence behind the pervasive violence women encounter in their daily lives. Alemán has created a disturbing, absurd, at times heart-wrenching story about the atrocities committed by patriarchs in power and the difficulty in fighting against colonialism. If anything, Poso Wells is a book about perseverance and resilience. It speaks to the fight human beings have inside them when they feel powerless. Their power is in protesting historical, structural violence and existence as resistance."––Rios de la Luz


Arkansas International

"Poso Wells is a darkly comedic, wildly energetic, and relentlessly intrepid bricolage of genres whose narration expertly cycles a unique roster of characters . . . Alemán blurs the typical lines of story, allowing Poso Wells a far reach to captivate a broad audience, and without a doubt it will."


"10 Great Reasons to Read Fiction in August 2018"
Aug 3, 2018

Poso Wells appears on this list for August 2018 reads.

- Christy Thomas

The August 2018 Indie Next List
Aug 1, 2018

Poso Wells appears in August 2018's Indie Next List.


"Literary Citizen of the Andes: Gabriela Alemán and Quito"
Jul 30, 2018

An essay by translator Dick Cluster in The Paris Review about Gabriela Alemán's literary Quito and translating her first novel in English, Poso Wells.

- Dick Cluster

Publishers Weekly

"Alemán's first novel to be translated into English is a wild, successful satire of Ecuadorian politics and supernatural encounters. . . . Alemán's singular voice keeps the ride fresh and satisfying."


"The Ten Smartest Beach Reads"
Jul 19, 2018

"Aleman's voice, as translated from the Spanish by Dick Cluster, is fresh and deliciously absurd."––Jane Ciabattari


"Literature Is the Minefield of the Imagination: An Interview with Gabriela Alemán"
Jul 17, 2018

Gabriela Alemán is interviewed by her translator about Poso Wells in The Los Angeles Review of Books.

- Dick Cluster & Gabriela Alemán

Kirkus Reviews

"One part Thomas Pynchon, one part Gabriel García Marquez, and one part Raymond Chandler, Alemán's novel contains mystery, horror, humor, absurdity, and political commentary . . . A concoction of political thriller and absurdist literary mystery that never fails to entertain."


"An Indies Introduce Q&A with Gabriela Alemán"
Jul 17, 2018

Rebecca George of Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago interviews Gabriela Alemán.

- Rebecca George

Chapter 1 of Poso Wells Excerpted in Words Without Borders
Jul 13, 2018

"Celebrated Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's first book toasted at BookExpo"
Jun 2, 2018
- Jim Bessman

Poso Wells appears on the Feminist Press's list of summer reads
Jun 1, 2018
- Lauren Rosemary Hook

Poso Wells selected to Book Culture's 2018 summer reading list
May 28, 2018

Poso Wells selected as a Indies Introduce debut pick of the season, Summer/Fall 2018
May 9, 2018

1 of 10 adult books listed by independent booksellers.