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Sabrina & Corina: Stories

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,355 ratings  ·  280 reviews
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
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 phys
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

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Contemporary + Cultural + Short Stories

National Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2019)

This is the first book I read among those nominated for the National Book Award in 2019, I hope to get around and read the rest as well. Sabrina & Corina is a book of short stories where the stories revolve around Latina women who live in Colorado. All the stories share the same element which is struggles. These women face lots of challenges in their life due to different factors be it, violence, grief, drug/alcohol addictStories
4.5 stars

This was a brilliantly crafted collection. They are stories that were strongly themed and tied together, by location, by the Indigenous and Latinx women who populated each story, and by the themes of things that bind these women and these communities together. Still, each story felt distinct and almost all of them felt full. There were times that Farjardo-Anstine built you up to the height of an emotion and left you there, but it only increased the haunting feeling of her collection
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.
Jerrie (redwritinghood)
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A collection of stories centered around Native and Hispanic women in Colorado, particularly the Denver area. All the different relationships between women within a family are explored - grandmother, mothers, sisters, cousins. Themes include absent mothers, poverty, gentrification, and the ways women can hurt themselves and others through their relationships. I wanted more variation in the stories, but still a solid collection.
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it
National Book Award Longlist 2019. Fajardo-Anstine’s collection of short stories featuring Latinx and native women are bittersweet. There are themes of love, abandonment, betrayal, abuse, friendship, and mother-daughter relationships.

A parenting class project in ‘Sugar Babies’ has one of them reflecting on her own parents’ abandonment and neglect. In ‘Sabrina & Corina’, Corina’s grandmother insists that she use her make-up skills to obscure the strangle marks on Corina’s cousin’s
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some excellent, sadly memorable stories.
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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Review to come.
Katie Long
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of short stories about women living in Colorado, who are all decedents of Indigenous tribes in Latin America. The standouts for me were “Sugar Babies,” “Sabrina and Corina,” “Sisters,” and “Tomi” but they are all well written. As others have noted, the voices of the characters, and many of their challenges, do feel repetitive by the end, but overall I’m glad to see this on the NBA shortlist. 3.5 rounded up.
Jaclyn Crupi
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I just read the @nationalbookfoundation fiction winner. These women!!! These stories!!! That writing!!! They made me ache, they made me cry, they broke me, they blew my mind.
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
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
An excellent, memorable collection, its choice as a NBA finalist well-deserved.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This collection was everything I wanted it to be and more! It's centered around Latina women of indigenous ancestry and that is definitely the shining star in all of these stories and BRAVOOOO for bringing this into the spotlight. It felt refreshing, and I feel honored to have these words.

These stories revolve around women, mostly working class women, who are strong, courageous and determined humans. Their ancestors were here before America was America and I think people (mostly whit
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
Ebony Rose
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sabrina & Corina is an impressive collection of short stories. Though the stories show considerable range and depth, there are consistent themes of abandonment, family, culture and belonging that thread the stories together quite beautifully. Mental illness and familial/domestic violence also features prominently in many of the stories. Even more so, there is a thread of a quiet sort of melancholy through the stories that binds them to one another. Fajardo-Anstine is a talented writer, and the sub ...more
Ben Loory
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful stories, deep and sad but also joyous and compassionate. They’re not showy, just totally solid and immersive, dedicated to the characters and their lives. A book I will look to again and again and will make other people read. Very impressive.
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
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, fiction
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:

Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
"One gin and tonic turned into three and soon the girl blurted out an apology befoe asking Doty what happened to her eyes (it wasn't that they were ugly, just turned every which way). The other guests had moved onto the dance floor. Doty could feel white streamers blow over the grass, their own kind of shadows.
"I had an accident.”
“Oh, no," said the girl, scooting closer to Doty and squeezing her hand. "I bet people say you're lucky it wasn't worse.”
“As a matter of fact," said D
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
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mathea Morais
May 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hardly ever purchase hardcovers because I simply cannot afford to buy all that I want to read. Instead I check them out from my local library. However, half way through my library copy of Sabrina & Corina, I decided this was one I needed to have in my permanent collection. Every story is stunning, every character fully realized. What an astounding book!
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019, scribd, audiobook
Review coming soon
Darryl Suite
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is THE ONE. This short story collection gave me a thrill in the same manner that A Lucky Man did last year and Jesus' Son did the year before that. Lush, stunning, a true winner. Gorgeous. I'm in love.

(Full review to surely come)
Lolly K Dandeneau
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
via my blog:
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 , “they look at us like we’re
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
3.5 stars. (#partner @randomhouse @litandlatte) • Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine is the second short story collection I’ve read this year. I do this thing, with short story collections, where I’ll read a couple, and then never pick the book up again. I don’t know why. That was never a problem with this book, though. I would finish a story and immediately want to see what came next.

These stories revolve around Latina women of indigenous descent who live in Colorado. They
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those dazzling ones, the ones that keep you enthralled with tight structure and the bright petals of atmospheric sentences and characters you care about immediately. Every story in here was a hit for me. Kali Fajardo-Anstine has created something gorgeous. These stories center Indigenous and Chicanx women, lovingly rendered and living their complicated, varied lives in present-day white supremacist America, often building up, laughing with, helping, and loving each other, in ...more
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
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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
“Grandma Estella used to bathe me there when I was younger, working my knees and elbow with a washcloth and Ivory soap. Once, I asked her why she needed to scrub so hard it hurt. "Because we are not dirty people," she had said. Later, when I asked Mama about it, she told me when Grandma Estella was a little girl, her own teachers called her a dirty Mexican and it never left her, the shame of dirt.” 2 likes
“Ever feel like the land is swallowing you whole, Sierra? That all of this beauty is wrapped around you so tight it's like being in a rattlesnakes mouth?"
My mother gives me a glance. "You will someday. Maybe it'll come later for you than it did for me. Children tend to do that. Marriage. Life. All these things.”
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