Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s debut story collection Sabrina & Corina is now available in paperback wherever books are sold. Spotlighting Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit in and around the author’s native Denver, Colorado, these short stories take stock of both the challenges these women face—from misogyny to gentrification—and their joy, fiercely claimed even in the face of adversity. Ultimately, Sabrina & Corina represents a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.
Since its initial publication in hardcover in April 2019, Sabrina & Corina has been widely acclaimed, garnering praise and critical recognition alike. Named a finalist for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the book was also a finalist for the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Short Story Collection as well as for the prestigious Story Prize, an honor shared with Zadie Smith’s Grand Union and Edwidge Danticat’s Everything Inside, which went on to win.
Sandra Cisneros, author of the beloved novel The House on Mango Street, puts it best in her glowing assessment of the book: “Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart, believable in everything they said and did. How tragic that American letters hasn’t met these women of the West before, women who were here before America was America. And how tragic that these working-class women haven’t seen themselves in the pages of American lit before. Thank you for honoring their lives, Kali. I welcome them and you.”