How do you have a collection of "page-turning" short stories chock-full of mystery, murder, and mayhem that are also deep explorations of philosophy, history, and politics? Oh, and often the words come one after another in those smooth strands of enchantment reminiscent of a prose poem.
Really, how did Sabina Murray do this in her Tales of the New World? I'm re-reading sections to figure that out. If you see the collection somewhere, just pick it up and turn to the Balboa story. It's short. You can read it through right there. It will mess up your mind - in that good way.
I always like to say how I heard about a book - its provenance, sort of. On her Facebook status Susan Stinson just outright ordered us to read Tales of the New World. I found that our fabulous library had a copy. And that was that. Although I might go buy a copy so I'm able to loan it out myself.