WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29TH 630PM – 830PM
Join us on April 29th from 630-830 to meet Kirstin Valdez Quade, author of ‘Night at the Fiestas’. Voted as one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 under 35 in 2014 by Andre Dubus III, Kirsten’s work is brilliant and unforgettable.
Stock will be limited, so pre-orders are suggested to ensure availability. We are happy to ship signed copies. To order call 215-482-0704
Set in northern New Mexico, an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss and violence.
With intensity and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper. One girl attempts to uncover the mystery of her cousin’s violent past, while another young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest’s confession.
Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade’s characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and, ultimately, save each other.
A recipient of a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Narrative,The Best American Short Stories and others. Night at the Fiestas is her first book.
“A stunning debut. With unflinching honesty and relentless compassion, Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that are uncannily alive. Vibrant, incisive, and wickedly funny, Night at the Fiestas announces the arrival of a fiercely original new voice.” (Jennifer duBois)
“Kirstin Valdez Quade is a writer of extraordinary perception, a sharp-eyed truth-teller who renders her characters and the landscapes they inhabit with exquisite care. Each of these marvelous stories illuminates the messy, tender, unexplored borderland inside us all where our finest virtues bleed into our worst faults. A brilliant debut.” (Maggie Shipstead)
“A debut collection filled with stories that read like classics (reminiscent of the work of Alice Munro or Flannery O’Connor), by a young author who writes with the patient, implacable wisdom of time.” (Peter Ho Davies)