Family album : stories

by Alemán Salvador, María Gabriela, 1968-

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Summary

Family Album is Ecuadorian author Gabriela Alemán's rollicking follow-up to her acclaimed English-language debut, Poso Wells .

Alemán is known for her spirited and sardonic take on the fatefully interconnected--and often highly compromised--forces at work in present-day South America, and particularly in Ecuador. In this collection of eight hugely entertaining short stories, she teases tropes of hardboiled detective fiction, satire, and adventure narratives to recast the discussion of national identity. A muddy brew of pop-culture and pop-folklore yields intriguing, lesser-known episodes of contemporary Ecuadorian history, along with a rich cast of unforgettable characters whose intimate stories open up onto a vista of Ecuador's place on the world stage.

From a pair of deep-sea divers using Robinson Crusoe's map of a shipwreck to locate sunken treasure in the Galápagos Archipelago, to a night with the husband of Ecuador's most infamous expat, Lorena Bobbitt, this series of cracked "family portraits" provides a cast of picaresque heroes and anti-heroes in stories that sneak up on a reader before they know what's happened: they've learned a great deal about a country whose more well known exports--soccer, coffee and cocoa--mask an intriguing national story that's ripe for the telling.

One of The Millions Most Anticipated Books for 2022!

"Ecuadorian writer Alemán's sparkling collection (after the novel Poso Wells ) brims with humor and adventure."-- Publishers Weekly

"Plays with tropes ranging from the Robinson Crusoe story to the classic betrayed-wife setup to wrestle with the impossible-to-decode oddness of human life, which old stories can only hide for so long." --Lily Meyer, NPR

"It takes a rare and talented writer to create a cast of characters who each feel so unique, distinct, and whose stories unravel unexpectedly while also feeling inevitable, exactly right. Thoughtful and subversive, with Family Album , Alemán has given us a gift."-- Jean Kyoung Frazier , author of Pizza Girl

"Divers, adventurers, wrestlers, athletes: a diverse array of people come to light in these stories to insist again and again in challenging the weight of the written letter. Gabriela Alemán's stories inhabit the past to work through its possible versions. Her characters understand that History is a form of desire and the truth is not a house but a patina covering a place that has ceased to exist."-- Yuri Herrera, author of A Silent Fury: The El Bordo Mine Fire

"Gabriela Alemán's stories unravel a rich and intriguing universe in which nothing, and no one, is what it seems." -- Pilar Quintana, author of The Bitch

"These stories are like lizards lying on rocks in the sun. When you try to pick one up it darts away and disappears. Sometimes a tail comes off in your hand or the thing bites your fingers and drops of blood decorate the rock. Best read while listening to Julio Jaramillo sing 'Amor sin Esperanza' and 'Hojas Muertas.'" -- Barry Gifford, author of Sailor & Lula: The Complete Novels

" Gabriela Alemán writes beautiful, sly, enigmatic stories originating in a rogues gallery of real life legends, including El Santo and John Wayne Bobbitt, as well as lesser known and invented souls, all of them struggling against the silent--or is it hostile?--backdrop of Ecuador's past and present. Family Album is a mordantly funny and haunting collection." --Zachary Lazar , author of Vengeance

Contents
Baptism
Summer vacation
School trip
Family outing
Marriage
Honeymoon
Costume party
Moving day.

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ecuadorian writer Alemán's sparkling collection (after the novel Poso Wells) brims with humor and adventure. In the poignant "Baptism," an unnamed bartender and expert on Alexander Selkirk, inspiration for the Robinson Crusoe character, befriends Max, an 81-year-old customer who convinces the narrator to take him on an underwater voyage in the Galápagos in search of Selkirk's long-lost treasure. The shadowy narrator in "Family Outing" finds work in Ecuador escorting young, overzealous missionaries attempting to convert the native Huao people, with whom the missionaries unexpectedly end up in a violent confrontation. A widow in "Marriage" discovers her recently deceased husband isn't the failure she always thought he was after stumbling across large bank accounts, cash, and references to children that aren't hers, leading her on an investigation involving a nefarious notary. "Honeymoon" finds an overweight, balding real-life John Wayne Bobbitt in Buenos Aires, where he goes home with a woman he meets at a film screening and weeps while listening to her Ecuadorian records, which remind him of his ex-wife, Lorena. Alemán's sly wit and descriptive power--Max, underwater, looks to the bartender "like a moss-covered statue from an ancient civilization"--portray the beauty and ravages of South America. This dynamic collection has a lot to offer. (May)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Alemán Salvador, María Gabriela, -- 1968- -- Translations.
Ecuador -- Fiction.
Ecuador.
short stories.
Fiction.
Short stories.
Translations.
Nouvelles.
Publisher San Francisco :City Lights Books,2022
Other Titles Álbum de familia.
Contributors Cluster, Dick, 1947- translator.
Fieweger, Mary Ellen, translator.
Language English
Description 101 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 9780872868823
0872868826
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