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The story of Rogelio and Henry, two men who find themselves cellmates in the Collectors, a terrible prison where each finds solace in the other. Rogelio is a country guy, who enjoys resurrecting cars and trucks to their former pristine condition. Henry is a playwright, who was sentenced for creating a play called “The Idiot President.” The two men’s friendship and indulgence in one another seem to exceed the confines of the prison walls. It’s humanity, love, and friendship etched in the molded, fading walls of the prison that confined them.

Author: Daniel Alarcon
Publication: The New Yorker, July 29, 2013
Date Read: July 28, 2013