‘Republica and Grau’ by Daniel Alarcón

Another story from the point of view of a child – that seems to be kind of a theme here. I love the dialogue in this story and the pacing and the details. And you can listen to Levar Burton read it out loud. 

First published in The New Yorker, October 2006 and available to read online here. Collected in The King is Always Above the People, Riverhead Books, 2017/Fourth Estate, 2018