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Sabrina and Corina
Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection--a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands. Kali Fajardo-Anstine's magnetic 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 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. Advance praise for Sabrina & Corina "Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart, believable in everything they said and did. How tragic that American letters hasn't met these women of the West before, women who were here before America was America. And how tragic that these working-class women haven't seen themselves in the pages of American lit before. Thank you for honoring their lives, Kali. I welcome them and you."--Sandra Cisneros "Kali Fajardo-Anstine's collection of stories, Sabrina & Corina, isn't just good, it's masterful storytelling. Fajardo-Anstine is a fearless writer: her women are strong and scarred witnesses of the violations of their homelands, their culture, their bodies; her plots turn and surprise, unerring and organic in their comprehensiveness; her characters break your heart, but you keep on going because you know you are in the hands of a master. . . . Her stories move through the heart of darkness and illuminate it with the soul of truth. Comparisons came to mind: the Alice Munro of the high plains, the Toni Morrison of indigenous Latinas--but why compare her to anybody? She is her own unique voice, and her work will easily find a place, not just in Latinx literature, but in American literature and beyond."--Julia Alvarez, author of How the Garca Girls Lost Their Accents
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Twocougs
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Wow, stunning writing of deep heartbreak, love, family. These stories tug and chip away at your heart. I fell in love with these women and men. These tales are told with such respect and honor. Only problem is I wanted more.

TheBookbabeblog84 The cover alone is making me want to pick it up. 7d
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tholmz
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Loved this one.

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ImperfectCJ
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This short story collection didn't blow my mind, but it was solid. The setting, both physical and emotional, was vivid throughout, but as with most short story collections, I suspect this will stay with me more as impressions and scenes than as distinct stories.

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ReadingEnvy
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This book of short stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (and from the Tournament of Books longlist) focuses on the lives of Latina and/or indigenous women living in an area of Denver. Families, traditions, and violence are important themes.

This is an #ownvoices collection

Cathythoughts Beautiful pic ✨ 2w
ReadingEnvy @Cathythoughts thank you, we had unusual snow today so I could not resist 2w
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ImperfectCJ
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"Though the southern Colorado soil is normally hard and cakey, it had snowed and then rained an unusual amount that spring."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Book 5 of 2020. I liked this story collection, but I was expecting more. Between the award nomination and all the raving I have seen about this book, I expected a standout. Instead it was just a decent collection. I liked the Colorado connection, but wanted more about landscape, flora/fauna, weather. About what makes Colorado unique. #shortstories

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In short... whatever you are doing now STOP. Go to the book store or kindle e-store and purchase this short story collection! Absolutely STUNNING!!!!!!!! WOW! Just WOW, WOW and more WOW! The audiobook is fabulous also!

BarbaraBB Okay I am convinced ❤️ 1mo
thereflectiveflaneur @BarbaraBB I am sure you won‘t be disappointed! 1mo
MariettaSG Why though? 1mo
thereflectiveflaneur Captivating voices (each story is read by a new person on the audiobook), interesting scenarios (kept me second guessing), complex characters (some heart breaking and some infuriating but in a good way), and the writing is perfect. It is not too indulgent that the writer shows off and clarity is lost. It‘s her first published work and I think she is one to watch. She reminds me of Jhumpa Lahiri. 1mo
MariettaSG Thanks for that. Sounds fabulous! 1mo
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The upside to spending the day couch-ridden with the last of this cold was finishing this volume of short stories! It was a strong collection about various Latina women living in Denver and a perspective I‘m glad to have sat with for a little while.

readordierachel I liked this one too! 2mo
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If I could give this 5 pick‘s I would! The arrangement of these short stories helped illuminate POV‘s rarely told through the lens of a multigenerational family perspective and women of color. Some of them broke me in ways I wasn‘t expecting. My 2019 favorite read! The book cover alone...❤️❤️🙌🙌

Soubhiville Yes! I love the cover so much. I‘m going to keep this on my TBR. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Love the cover 👍 3mo
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Happy @DeweysReadathon friends!First up! #readathon

Kalalalatja Pretty cover! 4mo
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A collection of short stories about women living in Colorado, who are all decedents of Indigenous tribes in Latin America. The standouts for me were “Sugar Babies,” “Sabrina and Corina,” “Sisters,” and “Tomi” but they are all well written. As others have noted, the voices of the characters, and many of their challenges, do feel repetitive by the end, but overall I‘m glad to see this on the NBA shortlist.

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Started strong and became a touch repetitive toward the end, but I really like the ground Fajardo-Anstine covers. "Sugar Babies," "Sisters," and "Remedies" were my favorites.

Cathythoughts Beautiful cover ✨♥️ 4mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Isn't it? One of the prettiest I've seen 😍 4mo
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#NBAfiction2019 A collection of stories centered around Native and Hispanic women in Colorado, particularly the Denver area. All the different relationships between women within a family are explored - grandmother, mothers, sisters, cousins. Themes include absent mothers, poverty, gentrification, and the ways women can hurt themselves and others through their relationships. I wanted more variation in the stories, but still a solid collection. 4⭐️

readordierachel I totally agree about the variation. Some of these felt so similar. 4mo
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Starting my 2019 @NationalBook fiction longlist reading next! #NationalBookAward

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The National Book Award for fiction long list is out and it's *so good*. Excited to explore the 5 I haven't read.

Ruthiella I‘ve read Trust Exercise and Black Leopard, Red Wolf. I hope to read The Nickel Boys before the end of year.😀 5mo
Pedrocamacho I‘ve work to do 😊 5mo
cathipink Ack, I lied, I've only read 4! 😬 @Ruthiella I'll have to go look for your reviews. I've read The Need, Sabrina, The Other Americans, and Fleishman. We own Nickel Boys and Red Leopard, and on the library list for On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous. 5mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

@nelehelen want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

TorieStorieS Beautiful cover!! 5mo
Tanisha_A These stories sound powerful. Stacked. And beautiful cover! 5mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @TorieStorieS @Tanisha_A I read this as an ARC and the stories, set in Colorado, are amazing. 5mo
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

7 days, 7 covers, no explanation.

Addison_Reads Beautiful 💚 5mo
Centique Wow! 5mo
batsy That's stunning! 5mo
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Cathythoughts Beautiful ♥️ 5mo
sudi 😍 5mo
BiblioLitten Wow! 😍 5mo
merelybookish Have you read this? I'm curious! 5mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I haven't yet. But it's on my list. I've heard good things! 5mo
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daena
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Next up on the library pile!

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cathipink
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This book 😍😍😍 I am typically an avoider of short stories but this book has been recommended so many times that I couldn't resist. I am so glad I read it - I didn't realize how deeply comforting it would be to read a set of stories largely set in Denver, with accurate setting references. More importantly, the stories within are beautifully told, with characters too often neglected in narrative. Read this book.

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When one of my favorite authors blurbs a book, I know I have to read it!!

EKonrad Loved this one! 7mo
Valeka @EKonrad Super! I‘m starting on it tomorrow 😊 7mo
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Sabrina & Corina is a haunting debut from Kali Fajardo-Anstine. It is a memorable collection of stories centering around latina women of indigenious descent and their lives as women, mothers, sisters, friends, and as people in the American West.

https://onthebl.org/2019/07/02/sabrina-and-corina/

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"I was ashamed of myself that I still wanted her close to me, even after everything she had done."

EKonrad Absolutely loved this book! 8mo
ontheBL @EKonrad It's so good! 8mo
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FeministBookClub
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One of my favorite reads of the year so far and I‘m giving away a copy! Enter to win at bit.ly/FBCgiveaway27 #giveaway

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Alicia
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Had the pleasure of meeting both of these authors this week for a debut author event at our local bookstore. It was wonderful to hear from them! Bryan Washington is honest so sweet and genius and Kali Fajardo-Anstine gave me a hug! So lucky to be able to go to events like these. Also, both of these books were wonderful! Short stories are my new bread and butter.

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FeministBookClub
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The best way to kick off a long holiday weekend is with a new book.

EKonrad Absolutely loved this one! 😍 9mo
FeministBookClub @EKonrad Just finished it and it was waaaay too short. I want more! 9mo
EKonrad Me too!!! 9mo
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“I thought of all the women my family had lost, the horrible things they‘d witnessed, the acts they‘d endured...and soon, when the mood hit my grandmother just right, she‘d sit at her kitchen table and she‘d tell the story of Sabrina Cordova-how men loved her too much, how little she loved herself, how in the end it killed her. The stories always ended the same, only different girls died, and I didn‘t want to hear them anymore.”

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Jolynne
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“I thought of all the women my family had lost, the horrible things they‘d witnessed, the acts they endured...And soon, when the mood hit my grandmother just right, she‘d sit at her kitchen table...and she‘d tell the story of Sabrina Cordova — how men loved her too much, how little she loved herself, how in the end it killed her. The stories always ended the same, only different girls died, and I didn‘t want to hear them anymore.”

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“Now think for a moment. Think of all the times you cry. Sometimes they are happy, and, sometimes they are sad. But crying is natural. Take a moment to remember the last time you cried.”
-from the short story, “Sugar Babies”

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EKonrad
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Definitely obsessed with this short story collection! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My full review: erinkonrad.com

#NetGalley

readordierachel This sounds great! And that cover is incredible 😍 11mo
EKonrad @readordierachel I know! I died for the cover alone! 😊 11mo
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I probably should have finished this awhile ago, but I'm enjoying my slow pace, basking in Kali's writing...I don't want it to be over. This collection is beautiful. I lost my notes when I transferred the galley to my Kindle 😫, but this is a definite own for me and I still have a few stories to finish. Time for morning tea and to read more... added atmospheric plus, play Brian Eno while reading 🤗😉.

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Sabrina & Corina is a beautiful collection of stories set among Latina Indigenous women and girls in Denver, Colorado. Several of the stories interlink via characters to create a web of female relationships, aunts, cousins, mothers, sisters, and grandmothers. These characters fight against racism, intimate partner violence, and misogyny to have jobs, keep their homes, raise children, and care for their elders.

EKonrad About halfway through this one right now. Loving it! 🌸 11mo
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I‘m catching up on some e-galleys this weekend, starting with SABRINA & CORINA, a really beautiful collection of short stories about Latinas and indigenous women in Colorado and the American West.
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What are you reading today?

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Your African violet 😍 12mo
TheBookstorePodcast @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks! I bought it as a birthday present for myself. I hadn‘t seen one that had colors quite like it. 😊 12mo
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Callsie
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Back on Netgalley after a 2 year hiatus 😳so snagged this collection of short stories. Really enjoyed “Sugar Babies” and “Remedies” so far. Home from work nice and cozy so imma gonna read!