Western Avenue and Other Fictions
by Fred Arroyo
In these engaging and often gripping short stories, Fred Arroyo takes us into the lives of working-class Hispanic migrants and immigrants, who are often invisible while they work in plain sight across America. As characters intertwine and evolve across stories, Arroyo creates a larger narrative that dramatizes the choices we make to create identity, make meaning, and deal...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by University of Arizona Press
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These stories are as beautiful and full of soul-moving tones as I had hoped for after reading "The Region of Lost Names." Arroyo's stories are so full of sensuous detail, but it's more than just detail. Arroyo is wonderfully subtle in how he works the emotion of his stories and those details embody an incredible amount of emotion. As a result, these stories are an absolute pleasure to read.
What I love about Arroyo’s fiction, both in this book and The Region of Lost Names, is his command of sensory detail, layered beautifully to create a unique yet recognizable texture to the world of his stories. The color purple, for example, is a motif in this book, yet not everything Arroyo assigns that color would we necessarily perceive as being purple, literally. Rather the detail transcends the sense of sight and operates tonally. Details like this, that transcend their sense, remind me of...more