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Sabrina & Corina

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Narrated by: full cast
Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Latinas of Indigenous descent living in the American West take center stage in this haunting debut story collection - a powerful meditation on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands. 

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Indigenous Latina characters and the land they inhabit. Against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado - a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite - these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.

In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In “Tomi,” a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, “Sabrina & Corina,” a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual.

Sabrina & Corina is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.

Audiobook Table of Contents:
"Sugar Babies" read by Almarie Guerra
"Sabrina & Corina" read by Roxana Ortega
"Sisters" read by Alma Cuervo
"Remedies" read by Ana Isabel
"Julian Plaza" read by Kyla Garcia
"Galapago" read by Marisol Ramirez
"Cheesman Park" read by Roxana Ortega
"Tomi" read by Kyla Garcia
"Any Further West" read by Marisol Ramirez
"All Her Names" read by Alma Cuervo
"Ghost Sickness" read by Roxana Ortega

Advance praise for Sabrina & Corina

“Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart, believable in everything they said and did. How tragic that American letters hasn’t met these women of the West before, women who were here before America was America. And how tragic that these working-class women haven’t seen themselves in the pages of American lit before. Thank you for honoring their lives, Kali. I welcome them and you." (Sandra Cisnero)

©2019 Kali Fajardo-Anstine (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s collection of stories, Sabrina & Corina, isn’t just good, it’s masterful storytelling. Fajardo-Anstine is a fearless writer: her women are strong and scarred witnesses of the violations of their homelands, their culture, their bodies; her plots turn and surprise, unerring and organic in their comprehensiveness; her characters break your heart, but you keep on going because you know you are in the hands of a master. (Is this really her first book?) Her stories move through the heart of darkness and illuminate it with the soul of truth. Comparisons came to mind: the Alice Munro of the high plains, the Toni Morrison of indigenous Latinas - but why compare her to anybody? She is her own unique voice, and her work will easily find a place, not just in Latinx literature but in American literature and beyond. Can you see me? I’m giving this collection a standing ovation! Can you hear me? I’m calling out Brava! Brava! to Kali Fajardo-Anstine from a new fan and aficionada of her work.” (Julia Alvarez, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents)

“A terrific collection of stories - fiercely and beautifully made.” (Joy Williams)

“Kali Fajardo-Anstine writes about hard truths in women’s lives so knowingly, and with such a deft touch, I felt hyper-alert, as well as implicated and imperiled. The book is about belief, coping, yearning, and proceeding in spite of adversity (that is, the times we stay alive). The final act of the first story tells us everything we need to know about what territory we’ll be entering: In these achingly convincing stories, the writer is writing delicately, symbolically, about mortality itself.” (Ann Beattie)

Editorial Review

Pure fiction, pure reality

You can tell when a story has been written with care, and each of Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s stories in Sabrina & Corina are as polished as they come. But not in the sense that they are distant from reality or superficial; more like they have been stripped of the unnecessary, out of necessity. This is fiction that is explicitly real, folklore as indisputable fact. These stories unearth skeletons, tragedies, and uncelebrated displays of strength, hanging them up to dry in the sun with the commonplace. In awe of their authenticity, I always appreciated that the matter-of-fact narration never got in the way, as if each performer knew there was no need for embellishment. I will say the short story format serves them well, if only to give the listener time to process each emotional impact. Because there is no way around it: this is heavy stuff. —Michael D., Audible Editor

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Absolutely wonderful

This collection of stories is a tremendous literary accomplishment. Truly wonderful writing with layered stories that speak to you beyond the text. The audible performances are top notch and really augment the already wonderful storytelling. Highly recommend this to most anyone looking for something to pull at your insides.

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