To those outside it, Pilsen is a vast barrio on the south side of Chicago. To Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski, it is a world of violence and decay and beauty, of nuance and pure chance. It is a place where the smell of cooking frijoles is washed away by that of dead fish in the river, where vendettas are a daily routine, and where a fourteen-year-old immigrant might hold the ability bring people back from the dead.Simultaneously tough and tender, these stories mark the debut of a writer poised to represent his city's literature for decades to come.
Praise For Painted Cities…
What attracts me to Alexai's writing is its humanity and its authenticity. I know the neighborhood and he gets it right, but I don't mean authentic merely in terms of streets, slang, and folkways; I mean authentic in terms of the literary tradition that he's writing inone senses the great Chicago writers of neighborhood behind thisAlgren and James Farrell. . . . [Here is] a young writer with a genuine voice.”
McSweeney's, 9781938073809, 300pp.
Publication Date: March 11, 2014