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Sabrina & Corina: Stories

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  4,702 ratings  ·  800 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 physical v
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Update 3/4/20:

Average rating: 3.72/5
Final rating: 3.5/5

I felt so all over the place with this collection, and I think ultimately my biggest takeaway is that this was sad to read. Not that it was badly written - it emphatically was not - but there is so much sadness here that it is ingrained in every single world, and I sometimes find that difficult to read. My mental health only allows for so much sadness before I'm desperate for any small amount of joy, and I think

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,
An often dark yet overall moving short story collection that centers Latinas living in Denver, Colorado. These women’s experiences are diverse, though common themes run throughout the collection, including familial and domestic violence, what happens when people we love change, and the culture and resilience of Latinas. Each story felt distinct and important yet also blended well together, to form a collection about working-class women whose experiences are often ignored in the landscape of Amer ...more
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 exchange for ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
This book of short stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (and from the Tournament of Books longlist) focuses on the lives of Latina and/or indigenous women living in an area of Denver. Families, traditions, and violence are important themes.

This is an ownvoices collection, which is important all the time, but definitely lately. Highly recommended!
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.

Anna Luce
3 ½ stars

Sabrina & Corina is a touching collection of short stories. In these 11 stories Kali Fajardo-Anstine depicts the lives and experiences of Latinas in the United States (mainly in Denver, Colorado). Their everyday realities are marked by many social injustices: poverty, racism, sexism, addiction, parental neglect, emotional and physical abuse. While Fajardo-Anstine doesn't shy away from portraying their bleak circumstances, the stories never felt pessimistic or overwhelming depressing. A
Michael Finocchiaro
Sabrina & Corina is a collection of 10 short stories primarily about Latinx women in the Denver area. It is rather bleak, full of poverty and violence and more specifically near 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. as described at the beginning of the first story, 'Sugar Babies'. Each story has good description (Above us the ceiling f ...more
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.
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 neck so that th
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 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
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kali Fajardo-Anstine's words are magic. Sabrina & Corina stories are atmospheric and raw, penetrating straight to your core. The details are exquisite, the emotions are palpable.

A true time stopper.

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. I c ...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.
Scarllet ✦ iamlitandwit
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 brothers
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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 white people) fo
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 trying to
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-stories
Gorgeous writing, loved this short story collection on generations of Latina and Indigenous women in Colorado.
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
An excellent, memorable collection, its choice as a NBA finalist well-deserved.
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 s ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A mostly excellent debut collection centred around Latin indigenous characters and their heritage, cycles of poverty, domestic abuse, and strong maternal family connections. Best read slowly allowing each story to settle as I suspect it would become a bit repetitive if read continuously.

Her stance was wobbly and unrefined, as though she had given someone else permission to wear her skin. That’s when I knew she was forever caught in her own undercurrent, bouncing from one deep sea swell to the n
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2019, scribd
Review coming soon
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sabrina & Corina


During my short stint doing videos on YouTube I did one in response to the allegations against Junot Diaz, getting lots of angry responses from Diaz stans I did not expect. That said, I suggested that I would explore the works of women Latinx authors. Sadly I did not do so but thankfully Kali Fajarto-Anstine's wonderful short-story collection forced itself into my sights, being a finalist for the National Book Award, to be handed out November 20th.

In these emotionally charged
Nicole| Booklover.zzz | Zamudio-Roman
Kali Kajardo-Anstine deserved the nomination for The National Book Award!
The writing in Sabrina & Corina was absolutely fabulous! I loved and connected with the Hispanic reference—even laughed at some of them (e.g. the joke about how Latinx ppl think white ppl can’t dance cracked me up.) I got very invested with the story “Sabrina & Corina”, “Remedies”, and “All Her Names”.

5/5 stars rating overall — a rarity for a short story collection.

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.
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Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a National Book Award Finalist and the author of Sabrina & Corina, a finalist for the PEN/Bingham Prize and The Story Prize, and longlisted for the Aspen Words Literary Prize. Fajardo-Anstine is the 2019 recipient of the Denver Mayor’s Award for Global Impact in the Arts. Her fiction and essays has appeared in GAY Magazine, The American Scholar, Boston Review, Bellevue Lite ...more

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