- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (March 7, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393352218
- ISBN-13: 978-0393352214
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Night at the Fiestas: Stories Paperback – March 7, 2016
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“Fresh, funny…. A gifted storyteller with an eye for quirky, compelling detail…. A poised and polished debut.”
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“A stunning debut. With unflinching honesty and relentless compassion, Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that are uncannily alive. Vibrant, incisive, and wickedly funny, Night at the Fiestas announces the arrival of a fiercely original new voice.”
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“A writer of extraordinary perception, a sharp-eyed truth-teller who renders her characters and the landscapes they inhabit with exquisite care. Each of these marvelous stories illuminates the messy, tender, unexplored borderland inside us all where our finest virtues bleed into our worst faults. A brilliant debut.”
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About the Author
Kirstin Valdez Quade has received a "5 Under 35" award from the National Book Foundation as well as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and is currently the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.
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We disagreed a bit on whether the stories were well-suited to be collected as they were. The characters have strong, unique voices, but there are several stories concerning young women of a similar age. Some of us felt that made the compilation even stronger, allowing the reader to compare reactions to a similar emotion through varied lenses. But some felt that as a collection it was less diverse than it could have been. Favorite stories were "Nemecia," "Night at the Fiestas," and "The Manzanos."
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Kristen Valdez-Quades is an architect storyteller who built momentum in each story.
Her prose has the subtle power to teach readers, students, writing teachers, and professional authors how to design compelling experiences.
In each episode she arrected a fictionalized anthropological, political, sociological, psychological, and theological temple. This allowed for the potential development of every story to stand alone as it's own novel or family miniseries saga.
As readers proceed with each account they will discover Valdez-Quades constructed an authentic SouthWestern community for everyone to settle in.
It is perfect for high school and college students alike to read at home or in schools.
However, adult readers will appreciate the literary techniques, adult themes, and multivisceral world she structured.