Immensely grateful and delighted that Jonathan Escoffery picked A Kind of Solitude as one of his favorite books of 2019 for The Paris Review: “Suarez masterfully collides the personal and the political, moving characters and circumstance toward each other like pieces on a chessboard.”
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.”
Huge thanks to the 2040 Review editors for having me as a featured author in their print issue, which was launched at the 2019 Muse and the Marketplace conference. This is a wonderful, necessary publication for people of color by writers of color, so please make sure to support them.
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.
I was delighted to do this interview with Marva Hinton for her wonderful podcast, which has previously interviewed authors such as Edwidge Danticat, James McBride, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Jacqueline Woodson, Daniel José Older, and Angela Flournoy.
The latest issue of The Florida Review is out, and it contains the title story of my collection, “A Kind of Solitude.” It is a story about an old Cuban peasant with a troubled past who finds himself trying to decide whether to confess to an accidental crime he has committed, or bury the evidence for good.
This story got me into Boston University’s MFA program and in many ways changed my life.
Big thanks go out to the great people at The Florida Review and to everyone who provided feedback on this pieces years ago. I’m excited to see my work in such wonderful company.