Sabrina & Corina
By Kali Fajardo-Anstine (English, Hardcover)
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collectiona powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands. Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart.Sandra Cisneros WINNER OF THE AMERICAN BOOK AWARD FINALIST FOR THE STORY PRIZE FINALIST FOR THE PEN/ROBERT W. BINGHAM PRIZE FOR DEBUT SHORT STORY COLLECTION Kali Fajardo-Anstines magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in the American West. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Coloradoa place that is as fierce as it is exquisitethese women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force. In Sugar Babies, ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. Any Further West follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In Tomi, a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, Sabrina & Corina, a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual. Sabrina & Corina is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.