I heard of this book from a recommendation video from Noria Reads and I almost didn’t pick it up! I am so ridiculously glad that I did because this collection of short stories is gorgeous and I sped through the book in one sitting, lying in bed curled up in my duvet, unable to put the book down.
Noria recommended this for the fuck gentrification prompt for the Fuckathon, and I couldn’t find anything on my own tbr shelves for this prompt so I ran with it! I will admit that I picked this because I knew it was short, but I’m so glad that something got me to pick this up!
This collection of short stories follows various Latinx families, looking at indigenous ancestry and focusing on the power and strength of women. Many, if not most, of the stories are sad. With the abuse or abandonment of young children by one or both parents, struggling to get by, and of course as indicated by Noria’s recommendation, the gentrification of areas that were once filled with indigenous Latinx people. Now filled up with white neighbours.
The last story is a little more hopeful. It ends on a more positive note and I think that was really needed after so many stories of loss and sadness. It was the perfect story to end on and really allowed for reflection on the other stories within the collection.
In the end I gave this 4.5 stars out of 5. I would love to own a physical copy on my shelves one day so I can sit and reread it. It’s a really moving work and I wish that Kali Fajardo-Anstine had written more as their writing is absolutely beautiful.