Lost empress is a vast galaxy of a book a searing frequently hilarious indictment of the absurdity of modern american life told through the lens of this countrys two most violent pastimes professional football and criminal justice to spend time inside the unfiltered mind of a writer like sergio de la pava is a rare dizzying treat. Lost empress is a blast to watch unfold a whirling vortex of a novel confusing misdirecting and surprising and a lot of fun kirkus reviews starred review a hilarious smart and madcap novel that occupies the porous border between comedy and drama science and philosophy story and dream grim reality and pure imagination. Lost empress is a pastiche that opens with entertaining verve and style author de la pava breaks many novel writing rules author de la pava breaks many novel writing rules for example the prologue is followed by a logue. Lost empress is a long sprawling novel that defies any conventional sense of structure its a novel of ideas some of which intersect and some of which overlap but for the most part it reads like several separate narrative strands and holding the many characters in your head can be a challenge. Lost empress gives us the author as ringmaster and his characters as show ponies no doubt a more exacting editor would have tidied the novels rougher edges no doubt a more exacting editor would have tidied the novels rougher edges
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