Some good personal news in these tough times: my story collection, A KIND OF SOLITUDE, has been longlisted for the Massachusetts Book Award in fiction. Really exciting to be alongside a lot of great writers, including Christopher Castellani, Whitney Scharer, Ocean Vuong, Nina MacLaughlin, Mona Awad, and Daphne Kalotay!
So cool to have a personal essay about science, migration, family dynamics, and Soviet influence on Cuba in the 40th anniversary issue of The Threepenny Review. This has been one of my favorite publications for a long time. I’m honored to be alongside some great writers, including a literary idol in Javier Marías. Ten years ago something like this felt like a ridiculous dream.
Super excited and grateful to learn that A Kind of Solitude won first place at the International Latino Book Awards for Best Collection of Short Stories in English. It’s been a wonderful year with this little book. Thank you to everyone who’s shown love and support!
I spent nearly eight years working on this story collection before it found a home, so it was incredibly moving to read this wonderful review in The Kenyon Review, one of my favorite literary journals: “Despite all the light it shines on troubles in Cuban life, A Kind of Solitude is a love letter to Cuba as much as it as a critique of it, full of the heartbreak that comes from loving something flaws and all.”
Learned today that A Kind of Solitude is a finalist for the International Latino Book Awards in the short fiction category.
“Dariel Suarez’s story collection contributes further to the American publishing landscape what Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin, Yiyun Li, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and others like them have helped evolve and enrich—the scope and possibilities of what constitutes the universal experience in literary fiction.”