We Can’t Wait to Read: Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

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The title story of this collection—which will hit bookstores April 2019 by Random House’s One World imprint—was first published in The Idaho Review’s 2014 issue.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine tweeted: My story “Sabrina & Corina” about two cousins, best friends, mortuary makeup, and cycles of violence against women in a Denver Latino community was rejected by over 20 journals until the @IdahoReview took it. Now I have an entire book named for this story. #ShareYourRejection

The great Joy Williams calls Sabrina & Corina: “A terrific collection of short stories—fiercely and beautifully made.”

ABOUT SABRINA & CORINA (from PenguinRandomHouse.com)

Indigenous Latina women living in the American West take center stage in this debut collection of stories–a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic debut story collection breathes life into her Indigenous Latina characters and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado–a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite–these women navigate the land the way they navigate their own lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force. 

In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth, but have the tendency to ascend 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 returns home from prison, finding 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.

To find out more about Kali Fajardo-Anstine or to pre-order Sabrina & Corina go to: https://www.kalifajardoanstine.com

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