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Book Title

The Consequences

Subtitle
Stories
Author 1
Manuel Muñoz
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“Her immediate concern was money.” So begins the first story in Manuel Muñoz’s dazzling new collection. In it, Delfina has moved from Texas to California’s Central Valley with her husband and small son, and her isolation and desperation force her to take a risk that ends in profound betrayal.

These exquisite stories are mostly set in the 1980s in the small towns that surround Fresno. With an unflinching hand, Muñoz depicts the Mexican and Mexican American farmworkers who put food on our tables but are regularly and ruthlessly rounded up by the migra, as well as the quotidian struggles and immense challenges faced by their families. The messy and sometimes violent realities navigated by his characters—straight and gay, immigrant and American-born, young and old—are tempered by moments of surprising, tender care: Two young women meet on a bus to Los Angeles to retrieve husbands who must find their way back from the border after being deported; a gay couple plans a housewarming party that reveals buried class tensions; a teenage mother slips out to a carnival where she encounters the father of her child; the foreman of a crew of fruit pickers finds a dead body and is subsequently—perhaps literally—haunted.

In The Consequences, obligation can shape, support, and sometimes derail us. It’s a magnificent new book from a gifted writer at the height of his powers.

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$16.00
ISBN
ISBN
978-1-64445-206-6
Format
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
Publication Date
Subject
Subject
Pages
Pages
224
Trim Size
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.25
Keynote
Shimmering stories set in California’s Central Valley, the first book in a decade from a virtuoso story writer

About the Author

Manuel  Munoz
Manuel Muñoz is the author of two previous collections and a novel. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, three O. Henry Awards, and has appeared in Best American Short Stories. A native of Dinuba, California, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.
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HYBRID: BOJAN LOUIS (SINKING BELL), Ander Monson (PREADATOR), and Manuel Muñoz (THE CONSEQUENCES) reading and in conversation at the University of Arizona Poetry Center

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Univ Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson, AZview map
This event is free and open to the public. Event will also be streamed live on the University of Arizona website. Click here for more details.

Lars Horn (VOICE OF THE FISH), Bojan Louis (SINKING BELL), Manuel Muñoz (THE CONSEQUENCES), and Monica Youn (FROM FROM) reading and in conversation at AWP

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AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) in College Park, MDview map
Location: Terrace Suite I, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 4. "From From: Graywolf Press Writers on Origin and Dislocation." Moderated by Anni Liu, associate editor at Graywolf Press. Click here for more information and to register for AWP.

Praise

  • “Gay, straight, American-born or American-dreaming, the characters in this collection exist on the verge of oblivion, but the book out-Steinbecks Steinbeck in its manifestation of the human in places we too rarely dare look.”Oprah Daily 
     
  •  “Nuanced, thoughtful, often moving stories.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review 
     
  • “...Muñoz delivers breathtaking views into his characters’ hardscrabble world, and evokes the heat of their yearning. This packs a hell of a punch.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review  
     
  • “Haunting, powerful, humble, precise, this collection shook my being. Manuel Muñoz is a great American writer who sees with his heart—as great as Juan Rulfo in writing about the poor. I wish I had written these stories.”—Sandra Cisneros
     
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