I’m super stoked to share that the release of my debut novel, THE PLAYWRIGHT’S HOUSE, has been officially set for June 15th, 2021. And, the book is already available for pre-order! Please bear with me over the next few months, as I try my best to get this Cuban novel (which deals with art, politics, a surveillance state, journalism as activism, exile, and family tragedy) off the ground. Your support is much appreciated ❤️🇨🇺
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.