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.”
I was really fortunate to interview David Mura about A STRANGER’S JOURNEY: RACE, IDENTITY, AND NARRATIVE CRAFT IN WRITING. The interview if up on GrubStreet Blog. I highly recommend reading David’s important book. It challenges us to think critically about the way we teach craft and its crucial relationship to identity. I learned a lot from it and was really inspired by the content.
I’m very excited about the following events with the amazing Cristina García, put together by Brown University’s Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. I’m very much looking forward to reading and having a conversation with her.
My story collection got a very nice shoutout in the Boston Globe’s book headlines! The wonderful Nina MacLaughlin said the collection “braids the personal and the political” and “evokes the magnetic forces that pull us toward something and keep us bound.” 🇨🇺️❤️