Valeria Luiselli's first novel, Los ingrávidos, is published in English by Granta Books as Faces in the Crowd. An essay collection, Sidewalks, is forthcoming. Translated by Christina MacSweeney.

Nocturne in Los Angeles

My daughter fixed her eyes on the corpse of the rat. Very serious, she whispered: Wake up, little mouse, wake up. Just that, two or three times. Then, indignant at the animal's indifference, she took my hand: He's not waking up Mommy, let's go. We went – slowly and in silence.

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