The broken up image on the cover of All That Followed perfectly captures how the story is told: In bits and pieces told from different points of view that will eventually fit together to reveal the whole story. That’s a narrative style I love because it reveals so much about the characters and leaves the reader feeling a little bit unsure – what’s going on? who can I trust?
The story of All That Followed is set in a small Basque town in the early 2000’s. It’s the kind of place where no one really has any secrets. The story recounts the events surrounding the Councilman’s kidnapping and death told from the points of view of his wife, an older American teacher and a young radical.
I loved the way the story unfolded in bits and pieces. With almost every character I alternated between loving them, feeling sorry for them, and hating them. Urza also weaves in some wonderful little details. The Councilman’s wife has had a kidney transplant from an unknown donor and she believes it is trying to speak to her. I loved that so much.
Who would like this book? Part of the reason I read All That Followed is because I’m going to Spain later this year, though not to the Basque region. I know very little about Spain’s recent past and Basque separatism movement and thought this book would give me some insight as it was inspired by true events. I’ve also heard that Urza is a writer to watch, and I believe that is true. He’s young, bright and has a strong voice. I will definitely watch out for more books by him.