- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039333645X
- ISBN-13: 978-0393336450
- Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Sudden Fiction Latino: Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America Paperback – March 1, 2010
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Starred Review. After the Sudden Fiction and Flash Fiction anthologies, editors Shapard and Thomas teamed with Gonzalez to create this stunning compilation of short shorts (under 1,500 words) by venerated and emerging Latino writers. In Andrea Saenz's Everyone's Abuelo Can't Have Ridden with Pancho Villa, the narrator's Grandma Jefa discredits the family legends while holding fast to her own: a prescient dream about the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. Luna Calderon writes about Dia de Los Muertos or, as the social studies teacher in her story calls it, Day Ah Dallas Mare Toes. In Imagining Bisbee, Alicita Rodriguez recounts the making of a ghost town: Bisbee's inhabitants want to disappear. They use P.O. boxes and first names. They hide under straw mats and melt into the horizon. In Miss Clairol, Helena María Viramontes describes the transformative makeup ritual of a mother: The only way Champ knows her mother's true hair color is by her roots, which, like death, inevitably rise to the truth. The spirited mix of writers also includes Junot Díaz, Sandra Cisneros, Gabriel García Márquez, and Jorge Luis Borges. (Mar.)
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About the Author
Robert Shapard directed the University of Hawaii MFA program and now lives in Austin, Texas.
James Thomas has received two NEA grants and a Stegner Fellowship; he lives in Xenia, Ohio.
Ray Gonzalez is one of America’s foremost authors, scholars, and editors in Latino literature.
Luisa Valenzuela was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1938. In 1958, she moved to France and wrote her first novel while living in Paris. In 1979, she moved to the United States and lived in New York for ten years, working as a writer in residence at the Center for Inter-American Relations at NYU and Columbia. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1983.
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Borges' "The Book of Sand," Rudolfo Anaya's "The Native Lawyer," Roberto Bolano's "The Phone Call" and Ana Castillo's "The Foreign Market" were memorable for me; Antonio Farias' " Red Serpent Ceviche" made me excited to pick up his first novel, and Ana Maria Shua's "3 Microstories" made me want to track down the rest of her work, including a film adaptation.
In short, this seems a satisfying collection overall, and particularly well-suited for students, commuters, and the curious.
So, like a river, any droplet of reading is lost in the gush of a million more.