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These quirky, exuberant stories range from the Caribbean to small-town Pennsylvania to a post-apocalyptic state forest. A noted psychologist and lifelong religious skeptic is scolded by tiny statues of the Virgin Mary. Remedios, a recent college graduate, explores the Afro-Puerto Rican spirituality of her grandparents and discovers a history book that is writing itself. Di ...more
Paperback, 335 pages
Published September 30th 2012 by Aqueous Books
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K.J. Charles
A fluently written collection of fantastical-realist short stories. I wouldn't say whimsical because I enjoyed the book a lot, but 'quirky' might be fair for some of the stories. Not all, because when the stories dig into Puerto Rico's agonised past as in 'Tainos at Large' the writing takes on serious heft. Variously haunting, funny, and dreamlike. I liked this a lot. ...more
Heather
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Normally I read books that fall within very clearly defined genres, such as horror, SF, and fantasy. This book, however, is mostly about… people. It definitely contains a strong touch of magical realism and surrealism, however.

The “magical” part of magical realism puts in an appearance right away, in the opening story, The Associated Virgins. Elihu Wingate is a psychologist and “gentle soul” who studies regret. He obsesses over a woman he met on a plane, and he initiates a conversation with a bl
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Lynn Kanter
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author is a friend of mine, and a fantastically talented writer. Fantastic is an appropriate word, because each of these collected short stories shimmers with something otherworldly. God’s wife discloses what she has in common with the discarded wives of other Great Men. The devil visits a woman in her living room and teaches her what it means to be tempted. Tiny statues of the Virgin chide a man into envisioning a different way to live. The stories combine erudition and whimsy, a sly femini ...more
Cbx
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable collection of short stories. The first story, The Associated Virgins, drew me in with its tone and magical realism. My favorites in the collection were the longer stories: The Wives: A Story Cycle, Taínos at Large, and Triptych. Each of these was different and unexpected, and enjoyable in its own way.

I definitely recommend giving these a try, and will be keeping an eye out for other stories by this author.
Kim
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The story is believable and the characters grow on you quickly.
Ernest Hogan
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a range! Rosalie Morales Kearns can do just about everything from magic realism to science fiction. And it's mind-blowing all the way. ...more
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Rosalie Morales Kearns, a writer of Puerto Rican and Pennsylvania Dutch descent, is the author of the novel Kingdom of Women, about a female Roman Catholic priest in an alternative near-future (Jaded Ibis Press, 2017). She’s also the author of the short story collection Virgins and Tricksters (Aqueous, 2012) and editor of the feminist short-story anthology The Female Complaint: Tales of ...more

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