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Upcoming Book Release: Kirstin Valdez Quade

Kirstin Valdez Quade (or KVQ, as we know her in the biz) is a New Yorker fiction section alum and her first published short story collection -- Night at the Fiestas: Stories -- is about to drop on March 23rd. For those of you who don't remember (who am I kidding), her Oct. 20th, 2014 New Yorker story "Ordinary Sins" earned mixed but mostly positive reviews on TGCB (12/10/14) for her story dealing with an alcoholic priest and a conflicted, pregnant-out-of-wedlock teenager. If most of her stories tackle similar material, and, since she's a relatively young writer, I'm guessing they do, you can expect to read about people trying to reconcile their religion with their humanity within the context of their mostly dysfunctional family environments. Doesn't sound like your particular cup of yerba mate? You still should check out "Original Sins" or rent the book on Kindle, how ever you do. Why? KVQ does appear to have a knack for turning out a tale, for getting in quickly, making you care about her twisted characters, and then -- as is all to rare -- making something happen at the end. If you're looking for a relatively low-risk literary investment this month, this might be your bet.

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