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29 08, 2016

Review: Night at the Fiestas by Kirstin Valdez Quade

By | August 29th, 2016|Categories: Hispanic American, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Short Stories|Tags: , , |0 Comments


night at the fiestas book coverReviewed by Alisha Churbe

Kirstin Valdez Quade’s debut short story collection, Night at the Fiestas is well written, dramatic and memorable. The collection consists of ten short stories, all quite long for short stories (ranging from 24 – 33 pages). Many of the stories have appeared previously in publications such as The New Yorker, Guernica and The Narrative Magazine. The first story, “Nemecia,” a story of x and y appeared in both The Best American Short Stories 2013 and The O. Henry Prize Stories 2014.

Valdez Quade has a proven track record. We will see much more by her before the end of this decade. She’s a name worth recognizing and a name that will appear on many more lists and shelves.

9 02, 2014

Review: Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo

By | February 9th, 2014|Categories: Hispanic American, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction|Tags: |2 Comments


ebc36569786189ba2705857cef701082Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“This is how it works: You have six months to establish a new career and tie up loose ends of your abandoned projects at the restaurant. In December, if you haven’t fulfilled the agreement, you have to pay us three fifty a month for back rent-that’s twenty-one hundred dollars, and find a new place to live.” – Al, Waking Up in the Land of Glitter by Kathy Cano-Murillo

I confess, I’m a glitterholic. I don’t craft, preferring to purchase glitter-laden objects created by those more talented, but a sucker for anything shiny I remain, and so a chance to review a book with the word ‘glitter’ in the title seemed a natural choice.

Estrella (Star) Esteban lives a good life. She works and runs press releases for her parent’s restaurant, La Pachanga, Phoenix’s most adored restaurant, known for