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The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue

Manuel Munoz

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"A moving and tender story collection . . . Munoz writes elegantly and sympathetically . . . [his stories] have a softly glowing, melancholy beauty."
—The New York Times Book Review

Manuel Munoz's dazzling collection is set in a Mexican-American neighborhood in central California—a place where misunderstandings and secrets shape people's lives. From a set of triplets with three distinct fates to a father who places his hope—and life savings—in the hands of a faith healer, the characters in these stories cross paths in unexpected ways. As they do, they reveal a community that is both embracing and unforgiving, and they discover a truth about the nature of home: you always live with its history. Munoz is an explosive new talent who joins the ranks of such acclaimed authors as Junot Diaz and Daniel Alarcon.


Praise For The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue

A "moving and tender story collection . . . Munoz writes elegantly and sympathetically . . . His stories are far too rich to be classified under the limiting rubrics of 'gay' or 'Chicano' fiction; they have a softly glowing, melancholy beauty that transcends those categories and makes them universal."--The New York Times Book Review

Algonquin Books, 9781565125322, 239pp.

Publication Date: May 4, 2007



About the Author

Manuel Mun~oz’s short story collection, The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship and the prestigious Whiting Award, and is currently teaching creative writing at the University of Arizona in Tucson.