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A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry that shines a new light on the American West.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable ba
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by One World
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Angela M
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5+ star.
There is a depth of sadness in these stories, lightened at times by connections with others or by a slight acknowledgement or recognition that maybe there is a way forward. Children, mostly young girls, being left behind by their mothers and sometimes their fathers by death, by being left willfully, or by abandonment even before they have left is a recurring theme in a number of these stories. They all take place in or around Denver, Colorado where Latina women struggle with physical v
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Jypsy
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the cover art. It's gorgeous and eye catching. This collection of short stories, Sabrina and Corina, centers around female Latina culture in Colorado. The stories are both hopeful and sad. Every story is thought provoking. It's an interesting read that's different from most short story collections. It's a good read overall.
Never Without a Book™
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cycles of violence against women in these stories broke me. But Kali Fajardo-Anstine has a way in her writing to make you want to read me. I really wish this was a novel, I was so invested in the characters and plot that I read the book twice (only 200pgs). This collection of short stories is ugly yet beautiful. A moving narrative on the life of Indigenous Latina women; Sabrina & Corina is a must read. Thank you, NetGalley & Random House, (One world Publishing) for the e-copy in exch ...more
Scarllet ✦ Underrated Lit Warrior
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a collection of short stories based around Latinas of Indigenous descent living in Western America. My absolute favorites of the bunch are "Sisters," "Cheesman Park," "Tomi," & "Any Further West."

Each of these stories has a sense of absence, a sense abandonment. The various bittersweet relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters and
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Jessie
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This short story collection about Indigenous Latina women living in Colorado and bound by family, tradition, trauma, mental illness, and a lot of death. It was a good book, and it touched on a lot of important topics. I appreciated the way that absence and abandonment was explored in so many narratives. The common experiences of the various women felt real and connected. Family loomed large in this book. It was palpable. But. The format. I felt with every new story, that I had to start over gett ...more
Lorilin
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, arc
Sabrina and Corina is a collection of short stories about different Latina women living in the western United States. Most of the stories are bleak, featuring female characters who are poor, beaten down, and broken. Many of the women feel pushed to be in relationships with men for financial support, but these relationships aren’t healthy and end up hurting the women even more. Those who try to survive on their own don’t fare much better.

Here are brief summaries of some of the stories:

*** A girl
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Julia Phillips
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection blew me away. Each story here is centered on the experiences of Latinas of indigenous descent in and around Denver. Fajardo-Anstine brings her readers so close to her characters – their desires, their fears, their families, their histories – that we feel like we're inside their bodies and minds. SABRINA & CORINA is deeply intimate, profoundly beautifully written, so surprisingly and flawlessly plotted that each turn of the page is a revelation. I can't stop thinking about it. ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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She said people will find the loveliest part of you and try to make it ugly. “And they will do anything,” she always said, “to own that piece of you.”

In this fantastic collection of stories by Kali Fajardo- Anstine about the experiences of Latina women indigenous to the vast land of the American West, characters range in age and life situations. Beauty can’t save any of them from the violence of bad men, nor can it guarantee a better life , “the
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Karen (idleutopia_reads)
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are times when we open a book and its undiscovered terrain. The social construct we live in doesn't always apply to the story we are entering so we have to come in with an open mind. In this book, Kali Fajardo-Anstine takes certain elements and amplifies it to the point were we grow weary of the terror, the evil, and all of the harm done against the women that we encounter. I think it was meant to be written that way. Sometimes the stories and the settings are the same but the impact they ...more
Corinne Keener
Sabrina & Corina is a really beautifully crafted short story collection about Indigenous Latina women living in and around Denver. Each story had an acute sense of sadness and loss, many of them dealt with violence against women, and abandonment. These are necessarily dark themes, but the heart of most of the stories was warm and deeply human. Mothers, grandmothers and daughters, sisters, cousins, and in my favorite story, Tomi, an aunt and her nephew search for connection to one another des ...more
Jonathan
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is just a quick sum up of some of the stories in this collection I’m using for a review on my Instagram book blog jonathangolding_books


Sugar Babies- a young girl and her classmate are tasked with a homework project of taking care of a “baby” made from a sugar sack, all while her estranged mother who never showed her what it was like to be taken care of randomly returns home after leaving her and her father. They try to reconnect and she struggles to get her hopes up as she finds her male c
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Mona  AlvaradoFrazier
This book is a collection of short stories that bring to life the lives of working-class indigenous, Latina, and dual ethnicity, bilingual and bicultural women. The commonality is the backdrop of Denver, Colorado and the town of Saguarita, "a place where the land with its silken fibers of swaying grass resembled a sleeping woman with her face pressed firmly to the pillow, a golden blonde by day, a raven-haired beauty by night."

What I loved about this author (Kali Fajardo-Anstine) was her ability
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MundiNova
"I have experienced enough Cordova deaths to know one pot was filled with green chili, another with pintos, and the last one with menudo. Deaths, weddings, birthdays -- the menu was always the same."

No one can hurt you like family

These beautiful short stories will break your heart, just a little, then fill you with love. Fajardo-Anstine writes Indigenous Latina family stories all taking place in or around Denver. Each story focusing on one relationship at a time: mothers and daughters, sisters,
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Brooke Dilling
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fajardo-Anstine has written a book to be read slowly and savored. I love her strong Latina characters and the sad, yet hopeful stories she’s penned. The stories are rich with details, so much of the book gives glimpses into Denver’s Latinx history... I’m craving more!

In Fajardo-Anstine’s stories, the women are strong and resilient — in spite of (or perhaps because of) the (mostly) rotten men in their lives. Their lives may not be ideal, but these women are survivors.

There is some cross-over of
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Salena Moffat
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this collection of stories. To be very honest, I went into it slightly biased in its favor--one of the author's sisters was my eldest daughter's best friend when they were small, and I share the dubious distinction with another sister of having been horribly bitten by the same dog. That said, the stories stunned me with their scope, their imagery, and the breadth of the author's knowledge of the human condition, s
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Kari
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latino-lit
A beautiful collection of short stories about the lives of Indigenous Latina women in Colorado. Fajardo-Anstine created such strong female characters to lead her culturally-rich stories. I honestly cannot wait to read whatever the author comes out with next.
Erin
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although the subject matter of "Sabrina & Corina" is often bleak and depressing, this collection of short stories filled my heart with joy. Fajardo-Anstine does an incredible job examining themes of abandonment, addiction, and violence against women, all while conveying the soaring spirits of her female characters. Set around Denver, Colorado, these stories all share commonalities of how we are truly affected by our ancestry (in this case, of indigenous nature), none more than our immediate ...more
Cortney (cortingbooks)
Breathtakingly beautiful and heartbreaking stories about some of the hardships Indigenous Latina women go through in life that will bring tears to your eyes. I felt each story. I don’t normally read short stories but this one I highly recommend. I could easily see all of these stories turned into full novels I would love to own. My favorites in the collections were:

•Sabrina & Corina: The books namesake about two cousins and the different paths they take.

•Remedies: The consequences of tryin
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Katy
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A strong collection of short stories about the experiences of Latina women from the American west.
Irene
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Don’t be deceived by the slight nature of the short stories found in Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. These stories stay with you for days afterwards. Some short story collections fail because they run out of steam halfway through or because they lack a cohesive theme. This does not happen here. Sabrina & Corina is an impressive debut. And this comes from someone who has never purposely chosen to read a book because it was set in Colorado. Am I showing my coastal bias? Don’t ans ...more
Emilly The Book Scamp
There are few things I enjoy more than a well-written, emotionally scarring book, and Kali Fajardo-Anstine's SABRINA & CORINA did not disappoint in either category.

I've never been to Denver, Colorado, but that's where most of Fajardo-Anstine's short stories are set. And quite honestly, sometimes it felt as if I'd been in Colorado my whole life considering how detailed and life-like Fajardo-Anstine's writing is.

We start off with "Sugar Babies," bones, and, funnily enough, not the exact versio
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Ming
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to Random House, via NetGalley, for this advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.

This collection of short stories provides a glimpse into several Latina characters. They are struggling with life or confronting some mundane but quirky situations. Each story had an innovative take: a newly-released prisoner returns to her family home, a high school life skills project unfolds, a girl meets her half-brother, a young college student wonders about her boyfriend’s absence. I was
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Pascale
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I got a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I haven't been a big short story reader in the past, I guess mostly because I associate them with super inscrutable academic texts that needed close readings to make heads or tails of what was happening. But recently I've discovered podcasts about books and I've heard about short story collections that weren't a slog.

This collection is definitely relatable, didn't need an English degree to get what was happ
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Deborah Stevens
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection was like that tin of assorted Christmas cookies from my childhood: compelling, varied, on my mind until they were gone. I adored this collection of short stories and returned to them at every opportunity until I had finished reading them.

There is something magical to me in the short story form. The author must draw characters in quick brushstrokes, rewarding the reader’s willingness to engage in the newness of each story with an experience that is rich and rings true, quickly.

Faj
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Alyson Hagy
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A powerful, passionate collection of stories centered on the experience of Latina women in the Southwest. Fajardo-Anstine’s voice is fresh and unstinting, her vision complex and bold. An important, delightful, dazzling debut.
Elliott Turner
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars! Engrossing debut with an impeccable sense of location - Denver and Saguarito, CO - and history from a Latinx & native perspective. I especially loved the older story set in the 1950's about segregated Denver after all the shit I heard from my own abuelos.
Erin
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. These stories thrum with soul, and with a Colorado whose voice has been much needed. One of the best books I've read in years. I want to shove it in the hands of everyone I know.
Bookoholiccafe
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a good read, there are short stories yet so engaging. The book comprises of series of short stories about Latinas living in Colorado. Life of women with different jobs suffering from sickness after their loved one is lost, today we call it depression! And how family is leading stimulus to give courage and feeling of power. Which is beautifully explained for the two lead characters in this book names Sabrina and Corina. All stories in this book are fascinating and striking

Many thanks to Net
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Patty Ramirez
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not usually a fan of short stories, but this book intrigued me.

I was pleasantly surprised over how much I enjoyed these, some more than others, but it was a well-rounded collection.

I will be checking out this author in the future.

Thank you to NetGalley, author and publisher for providing a free copy of this book.
Deborah Stevens
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This collection was like that tin of assorted Christmas cookies from my childhood: compelling, varied, on my mind until they were gone. I adored this collection of short stories and returned to them at every opportunity until I had finished reading them.

There is something magical to me in the short story form. The author must draw characters in quick brushstrokes, rewarding the reader’s willingness to engage in the newness of each story with an experience that is rich and rings true, quickly.

Faj
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Kali Fajardo-Anstine is from Denver, Colorado. She is the author of the debut short story collection Sabrina & Corina (One World/ Random House), a novel to follow. Her fiction has appeared in The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Idaho Review, Southwestern American Literature, and elsewhere. Kali has been awarded fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, and Hedgeb ...more