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Aliens & Other Stories

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  30 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The characters in Kathleen Wheaton's linked stories are exiles-from their native countries, their families, their objects of desire. Political refugees from Argentina's "dirty war," survivors of a Cuban shipwreck and of Franco's Spain all navigate life as foreigners, whether in Madrid, Buenos Aires or suburban Washington, D.C. With wry, nuanced compassion, Wheaton follows ...more
Paperback, 222 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Washington Writers' Publishing House (first published October 1st 2013)
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Azahara Arenas (Living in Our Own Story Blog)
When JKS Communications offered me to review Wheatons book, I checked the synopsis and I instantly said yes. Do you know why? Because despite it is not the genre I usually read, I love reading books that deal with Spanish or Latino American issues because it make me feel that they know about us.

Aliens & Other Stories is a collection of short stories focused on Spanish or South American characters, war refugees, exiles. They are aliens in other countries who are taking a burden with them: pol
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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A fantastic collection of short stories--funny, interesting, and composed of many great immigrant/bi-national/bilingual characters attempting to straddle two worlds.
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Short story writers have a difficult task: creating interesting characters and satisfying plots in a very limited number of pages. Most authors are more successful in one of these tasks than the other. Fortunately, Kathleen Wheaton manages to do both in her first collection “Aliens & Other Stories ” (Washington Writer’s Publishing House).

Wheaton’s skill becomes clear in the very first tale, the three-page “You Don’t Know Anything,” about a mother and son who escaped from Nazi Germany to Ar
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katy by: Sami Jo

Book Info: Genre: Short story anthology/fiction
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: people who enjoy short fiction, interesting stories
Trigger Warnings: infidelity

My Thoughts: This is not the sort of book I would ordinarily read, and I'm not really certain why I agreed to review it, but I'm glad I did. It's not obvious how every single story links up, but several of them are quite easy to track due to shared characters.

Each story was well-written and fascinating, an insight into how it feels
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book.

The stories were short and interesting. Yet they felt real. There were a few times while reading Aliens & Other Stories that I felt like a was reading non-fiction essays about actual people. That was impressive to me, that Ms. Wheaton could make me forget that I was reading fiction, even if for a moment. The stories and characters were memorable. But the order of the stories puzzles me a bit. I’m not sure why they were sequenced as they were. Ther
Lesley Krueger
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Incisive and thought-provoking. This collection of lightly-linked short stories creates a community of people with ties to both Latin America and the suburbs of Washington. The dirty war in Argentina, a philanderer, children who bring and lose hope: the stories touch on deep topics with grace and sensitivity. I loved finding references to characters from earlier stories appear in later ones, each brief mention adding untold depth. Wonderful work. We'll hear more from Kathleen Wheaton.
Julie Schoerke
Oct 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love short story collections and this author absolutely delivers. I feel like I've taken short trips and made strong connections with each story and getting into the lives (albeit for a short period) of these amazing characters. There is a reason that this is an award-winning collection!
Michael B Tager
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
I quite like this. The stories were gently connected through character (some were husbands/daughters/lovers of early narrators) and strongly connected through theme. Ex-pats and refugees, Kathleen Wheaton did a great job of burrowing into what makes them all tick.
Caroline Kubale
Sep 12, 2013 marked it as to-read
This was written by a woman who was a good friend of Kevin's in HS! I just bought it on Amazon.
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Really enjoyed these loosely connected stories, their psychological depth, and perceptiveness.
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Kathleen Wheaton was born in Frankfurt, Germany and grew up in California. She majored in English and Spanish at Stanford University and later received an MFA from Boston University. She is married to NPR reporter David Welna and they have two sons. She speaks Spanish and Portuguese and works as an interpreter of those languages for the Montgomery County public school system. She lives in Bethesda ...more

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