Sudden Fiction Latino

Short-Short Stories from the United States and Latin America

By Robert Shapard (Editor); James Thomas (Editor); Ray Gonzalez (Editor)
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393336450, 336pp.)

Publication Date: March 2010

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the March 2010 Indie Notables
“A collection of short-short stories that immerses readers into a unique style of literature -- Latino and Latin American. Depicting both brutally real and imaginatively mystic meanderings through humor and sincere emotion, each story stands alone as a separate insight to the creative minds of a culture.”
-- ZG Tomaszewski, Literary Life Bookstore & More, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI

Following on the success of the Flash Fiction and Sudden Fiction series, Robert Shapard and James Thomas join with Ray Gonzalez in selecting works that each present a complete story in less than 1,500 words. Luisa Valenzuela, one of Latin America s most lauded writers, provides the introduction. Readers will delight in finding stars such as Junot Diaz, Sandra Cisneros, and Roberto Bolano alongside recognized masters like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende, and Jorge Luis Borges. They will discover work from Andrea Saenz, Daniel Alarcon, and Alicita Rodriguez, as well as other writers on the rise. In Julio Ortega s Migrations, a Peruvian writer explores how immigrant speech and ethnic origins are a force of meaning that evolves beyond language. In Hair, by Hilma Contreras, a Caribbean pharmacist is driven mad by a young woman s luxuriant tresses. These stories stretch from gritty reality to the fantastical in a mix that is moving, challenging, humorous, artful, sometimes political, and altogether spectacular."
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