Night at the Fiestas: Stories (Paperback)

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RECOMMENDED BY PAT

It is very rare that a young writer makes her literary debut with a collection of short stories, but Ms. Quade has won me over with her amazing eloquence of the human condition.  These stories, most taking place in the Southwest and specifically central and Northern New Mexico, deal with the layered complexities of youth, betrayal, disillusionment, and the frailties of the human heart.  Mixed in beautifully are the subtleties of our rich Hispanic culture, so specific to this area.  A small town girl's fantasies about Fiesta, the bloody Good Friday ritual of a man confused by his entire existence, the sting of economic disparity between the rich and those who serve them, and the heartbreaking allegiance to family, no matter what the consequences, are a few of the themes running through this thought provoking collection.  Her ability to see beyond the surface and dig deeply into both character and action left me wanting more, as if any of these stories could become whole novels.  Look forward to seeing what this gifted writer does next.

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Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize

Finalist for the New York Public Library Young Lions Award



"[A] sparkling debut collection…features dreamers and schemers whose lives pulsate with wild hopes, hard luck, stunning secrets, and saving grace." —Elle


With intensity, dark humor, and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. Set in northern New Mexico, Night at the Fiestas is a beautifully rendered debut about living in a land shaped by love, loss, and violence.



About the Author


Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of Night at the Fiestas, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. The recipient of a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, she teaches at Princeton University and lives in New Jersey.

Praise For…


Haunting and beautiful.
— New York Times Book Review

Her vision has thrived on…fierce, flesh-conscious desire for transcendence.
— Atlantic

Quade demonstrates her command of writing about complex issues of ethnicity and success head-on.
— San Francisco Chronicle

[A] polished and potent collection…Rooted deeply in place and ringing with authentic voices, these gripping stories confront the hardest human questions of how to love, trust and forgive.
— O, The Oprah Magazine

Each of the ten stories offers a lyrical aria of its own, but together they create the music of generations, of families, and of a people.
— Ploughshares

Now that we’ve read [Quade’s] darkly funny investigations into relationships, we can agree: her talent is undeniable.
— Marie Claire

Fresh, funny….A gifted storyteller with an eye for quirky, compelling detail….A poised and polished debut.
— Dallas Morning News

[Lives] up to even the loftiest of expectations.
— Bustle

It’s become cliché to say that a writer’s short stories have the weight of novels, but in Kirstin’s case it happens to be true. Her New Mexico is a crucible where individual desire is forged, lost, and reconstituted amid a backdrop of colliding histories and cultures. The result is as close to flesh and blood as black ink on white paper can come. She is a story writer of searing vision.
— Anthony Marra

Kirstin Valdez Quade is a fantastic writer, both stylish and sagacious. The stories here are taut and tense, while at the same time morally complicated, which is to say, they cut sharp and they cut deep. Night at the Fiestas is a book of extraordinary virtuosity.

— Justin Torres

A stunning debut. With unflinching honesty and relentless compassion, Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that are uncannily alive. Vibrant, incisive, and wickedly funny, Night at the Fiestas announces the arrival of a fiercely original new voice.

— Jennifer duBois

A writer of extraordinary perception, a sharp-eyed truth-teller who renders her characters and the landscapes they inhabit with exquisite care. Each of these marvelous stories illuminates the messy, tender, unexplored borderland inside us all where our finest virtues bleed into our worst faults. A brilliant debut.
— Maggie Shipstead
Product Details
ISBN: 9780393352214
ISBN-10: 0393352218
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: March 7th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English