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.