Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club (Paperback)
Cinco Puntos Press, 9781935955320, 222pp.
Publication Date: October 30, 2012
Sometimes the border is a mirror, sometimes an escape, and sometimes it’s just the bridge you cross to go home.
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Praise For Everything Begins & Ends at the Kentucky Club…
"Sáenz's moving collection of short stories hinges on the intergenerational clientele of the titular borderland watering hole just south of the U.S.-Mexican divide on Avenida Juárezthere's much to enjoy in these gritty, heartfelt stories. Publishers Weekly
"Seven excellent stories [by] a versatile writer Sàenz writes prose that is tender, occasionally fierce, and always engaging. Read every word of his stories lest you miss some clever twist, some subtle irony, some gentle nuance of poetic imagery that he has labored to create." Booklist
"Though the prolific Benjamin Alire Sáenz has been writing books in every genre for the past two decades, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club is only his second short-story collection. But the wait was definitely worth it [The story "He Has Gone to Be with the Women"] is nothing short of a masterpiece In one story, a school counselor says the following about his troubled charges: "They came to me with a thirst in their eyes, a thirst, such a thirst and I knew that I could never give them the rain they deserved, the rain they so desperately needed." That might as well be The Kentucky Club speaking, since every protagonist in this heartbreaking collection of stories finds his way to a confession stool at the bar. They find no solutions to their ills, just a sensitive ear that has heard it all before but is willing to listen once again." Rigoberto González, former president of the executive board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, special to the El Paso Times