A young widower visits Chichén Itzá to honor his wife; family dynamics unravel at a child's birthday party; the lead singer of a high school metal band faces his dreaded tenth reunion; a serial killer believes he's been blessed by God to murder bicycle thieves--Alvarado Valdivia's debut collection of short stories ranges from dark to light and is written with a storyteller's skill and compassion. Based in Northern California and examining a variety of themes, including love, family, and masculinity, these stories offer an important new perspective on the experiences of Latinos and Latinas in the United States and complicate ideas of nationhood, identity, and the definition of home.
Juan Alvarado Valdivia is a Peruvian American writer who was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He received his MFA in creative writing from Saint Mary's College of California. He lives in Oakland with his wife.
"Muscular stories about male pain, unanswerable questions, and resilient hope."--Latinidad
"What binds the pieces together are the Latino protagonists, illuminating various aspects of the Latino experience in the United States."--The Mercury News
"This book should have its place on the shelves of any Latino literature collection."--Daniel Chacón, author of Hotel Juarez: Stories, Rooms and Loops
Justo A Pedestrian Question El Cenote Paint It Chantrea Disaster at a Wake My Afternoon with Jesús Just Another Day The Right Candidate We All Fall Indomesticado Ballad of a Slopsucker Hear My Train a Comin'