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One of the year's most anticipated books by The Millions, Colorlines and Remezcla, and recommended by the A.V. Club! Carribean Fragoza's debut collection of stories reside in the domestic surreal, featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and universes beyond. Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is an accomplished debut One of the year's most anticipated books by The Millions, Colorlines and Remezcla, and recommended by the A.V. Club! Carribean Fragoza's debut collection of stories reside in the domestic surreal, featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and universes beyond. Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is an accomplished debut with language that has the potential to affect the reader on a visceral level, a rare and significant achievement from a forceful new voice in American literature.--Kali Fajardo-Anstine, New York Times Book Review, and author of Sabrina and Corina In visceral, embodied prose, Fragoza's imperfect characters are drawn with a sympathetic tenderness as they struggle against circumstances and conditions designed to defeat them. A young woman returns home from college, only to pick up exactly where she left off: a smart girl in a rundown town with no future. A mother reflects on the pain and pleasures of being inexorably consumed by her small daughter, whose penchant for ingesting grandma's letters has extended to taking bites of her actual flesh. A brother and sister watch anxiously as their distraught mother takes an ax to their old furniture, and then to the backyard fence, until finally she attacks the family's beloved lime tree. Victories are excavated from the rubble of personal hardship, and women's wisdom is brutally forged from the violence of history that continues to unfold on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Eat the Mouth that Feeds You renders the feminine grotesque at its finest.--Myriam Gurba, author of Mean Eat the Mouth that Feeds You will establish Fragoza as an essential and important new voice in American fiction.--H�ctor Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries Fierce and feminist, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is a soul-quaking literary force.--Dontan� McPherson-Joseph, The Foreword, *Starred Review . . . a work of power and a darkly brilliant talisman that enlarges in necessary ways the feminist, Latinx, and Chicanx canons.--Wendy Ortiz, Alta Magazine Fragoza's surreal and gothic stories, focused on Latinx, Chicanx, and immigrant women's voices, are sure to surprise and move readers.--Zoe Ruiz, The Millions This collection of visceral, often bone-chilling stories centers the liminal world of Latinos in Southern California while fraying reality at its edges. Full of horror and wonder.--Kirkus Reviews, *Starred Review Fragoza's debut collection delivers expertly crafted tales of Latinx people trying to make sense of violent, dark realities. Magical realism and gothic horror make for effective stylistic entryways, as Fragoza seamlessly blurs the lines between the corporeal and the abstract.-- Publishers Weekly The magic realism of Eat the Mouth that Feeds You is thoroughly worked into the fabric of the stories themselves . . . a wonderful debut.--Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World


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One of the year's most anticipated books by The Millions, Colorlines and Remezcla, and recommended by the A.V. Club! Carribean Fragoza's debut collection of stories reside in the domestic surreal, featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and universes beyond. Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is an accomplished debut One of the year's most anticipated books by The Millions, Colorlines and Remezcla, and recommended by the A.V. Club! Carribean Fragoza's debut collection of stories reside in the domestic surreal, featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and universes beyond. Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is an accomplished debut with language that has the potential to affect the reader on a visceral level, a rare and significant achievement from a forceful new voice in American literature.--Kali Fajardo-Anstine, New York Times Book Review, and author of Sabrina and Corina In visceral, embodied prose, Fragoza's imperfect characters are drawn with a sympathetic tenderness as they struggle against circumstances and conditions designed to defeat them. A young woman returns home from college, only to pick up exactly where she left off: a smart girl in a rundown town with no future. A mother reflects on the pain and pleasures of being inexorably consumed by her small daughter, whose penchant for ingesting grandma's letters has extended to taking bites of her actual flesh. A brother and sister watch anxiously as their distraught mother takes an ax to their old furniture, and then to the backyard fence, until finally she attacks the family's beloved lime tree. Victories are excavated from the rubble of personal hardship, and women's wisdom is brutally forged from the violence of history that continues to unfold on both sides of the US-Mexico border. Eat the Mouth that Feeds You renders the feminine grotesque at its finest.--Myriam Gurba, author of Mean Eat the Mouth that Feeds You will establish Fragoza as an essential and important new voice in American fiction.--H�ctor Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries Fierce and feminist, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is a soul-quaking literary force.--Dontan� McPherson-Joseph, The Foreword, *Starred Review . . . a work of power and a darkly brilliant talisman that enlarges in necessary ways the feminist, Latinx, and Chicanx canons.--Wendy Ortiz, Alta Magazine Fragoza's surreal and gothic stories, focused on Latinx, Chicanx, and immigrant women's voices, are sure to surprise and move readers.--Zoe Ruiz, The Millions This collection of visceral, often bone-chilling stories centers the liminal world of Latinos in Southern California while fraying reality at its edges. Full of horror and wonder.--Kirkus Reviews, *Starred Review Fragoza's debut collection delivers expertly crafted tales of Latinx people trying to make sense of violent, dark realities. Magical realism and gothic horror make for effective stylistic entryways, as Fragoza seamlessly blurs the lines between the corporeal and the abstract.-- Publishers Weekly The magic realism of Eat the Mouth that Feeds You is thoroughly worked into the fabric of the stories themselves . . . a wonderful debut.--Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

49 review for Eat the Mouth That Feeds You

  1. 5 out of 5

    jocelyn

    Lumberjack Mom - ★★★.5 The Vicious Ladies - ★★ Eat the Mouth That Feeds You - ★★★★ Mysterious Bodies - ★★★ Crystal Palace - ★★.5 Tortillas Burning - ★★.5 Sábado Gigante - ★★ Ini y Fati - ★★★ New Fire Songs - ★★ Me Muero - ★★★.5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bob

    Really happy to have found this, one of the more "I gotta remember that line" collections I've come across in some time (and while I get why people love physical books to the point of some dismissing ebooks, I will say that this one was kind of fun to read on a Kindle, as i was screenshotting pages all over the place to remember pieces I loved... yeah, I know there's a better way to do that. :) ) Personal favorites from the collection were the opening "Lumberjack Mom"'s pondering of the place bo Really happy to have found this, one of the more "I gotta remember that line" collections I've come across in some time (and while I get why people love physical books to the point of some dismissing ebooks, I will say that this one was kind of fun to read on a Kindle, as i was screenshotting pages all over the place to remember pieces I loved... yeah, I know there's a better way to do that. :) ) Personal favorites from the collection were the opening "Lumberjack Mom"'s pondering of the place both creation and destruction have within the confines of the idea of love, and the must-read "Ini y Fati" which just groans at the seams with killer sentences in its tale of a living girl and the doll-toting spectre of a child murdered by her own father who may be sainted to save her. Individual lines aside, Fragoza also really excels with/in this particular landscape/tonality of... vast barrenness? barren vastness?... that she's chosen of parched lots of "broken, unwanted land" with sagging peeling houses surrounded by jagged rock and scraggly brush. I won't be so cliche'd as to say the setting is its own character here but whoops I just did. Third favorite piece is probably the closing "Me Muero", told from the perspective of a girl who apparently lays freshly dead on the patio at a family party. All in all, highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Eva Wolfie

    Beautiful. Zyzzyva describes Fragoza’s stories/genre as “the domestic surreal,” and I hope we get more of that from Fragoza (and in general)—more domestic surreal, mire surprisingly electric stories.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Ashley

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    City Lights Booksellers & Publishers

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    Ilana

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    Joe Milazzo

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    Read In Colour

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    Ariana

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    Cassie (book__gal)

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    Ryan Abigail

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    Camille Plemmons

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