People Like Us

People Like Us Cover

People Like Us

Short Stories

By Javier Valdes

Atria Books, Paperback, 9780743286466, 213pp.

Publication Date: June 6, 2006

Darkly comic and highly entertaining, Javier Valdes's stories insinuate themselves in the unsuspecting reader like a heady brew with a strange kick. From the exploits of an urban vigilante to the erotic pleasures exacted from an unrequited love, from a menacing treasure to a family that brings a whole new twist to the meaning of neighbors, "People Like Us" is seasoned with irreverent takes on Valdes's favorite writers and directors -- such as Stephen King and Martin Scorsese -- as he delivers a unique array of fascinating and hapless urban creatures.