Night at the Fiestas

Night at the Fiestas

Stories

Book - 2015
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WW Norton
With intensity and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade's unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper. One girl attempts to uncover the mystery of her cousin's violent past, while another young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest's confession.Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade's characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and, ultimately, save each other.
Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First FictionA New York Times Notable Book of 2015Set in northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence.

Baker & Taylor
Exploring the themes of race, class and coming-of-age, a stunning collection of stories about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence introduces a cast of unforgettable characters who protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define and, ultimately, save each other.

Baker
& Taylor

Exploring the themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, a collection of stories about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss, and violence introduces a cast of characters who protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and ultimately, save each other.

Publisher: New York ; London : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780393242980
0393242986
Branch Call Number: Fiction Quade
Characteristics: 279 pages ; 22 cm

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Quade explores the treacherous terrain of the human heart in these remarkable stories set mostly in northern New Mexico. A broken man seeks redemption playing the role of Jesus in a penitente ceremony. A small-town girl meets a mysterious artist at Santa Fe fiesta. A young man finds his reprobate... Read More »

Selected by Bruce Dinges as a Southwest Books of the Year 2015 Top Pick.

Selected by Christine Wald-Hopkins as a Southwest Books of the Year 2015 Top Pick.


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