Yay! It’s finally here! Today is the day that Sad Girls and Other Stories is available for sale and reading everywhere. Sad Girls is an ebook short story collection filled with tales of Mexican American girls in Whittier finding themselves and their way out of the suburban landscape. Some readers have already weighed in on Sad Girls:
From Jenny Forrester of the Portland, OR based Unchaste Readers Series:
“Sad Girls is about resilience born of suffering, of a multitude of poverties, and of not having permission to cry unless there was blood and sometimes not even then. Margaret Elysia Garcia will wreck you and repair you. She’s written this book for you and for Sad Girls everywhere.”
From Pam Ward, author of Want Some, Get Some:
“From the ‘clinking sound of car keys still in his pocket,’ that made her cry to the ‘rose beds replaced with cactus,’ Garcia’s bittersweet, roaming-girl stories remind us of all the aching beauty living beyond Los Angeles and along the California coast. Prickly yet vibrant, these stories live and breath on highways and behind screen doors, where cracks in the sidewalk mirror the massive quakes of our souls. These character’s ‘lean on the sill and stare out at abandoned cars in the yard that would not, could not drive away,” where women ‘can see derailment coming from two miles down the track,’ where earthquakes are like a ‘stepfather shaking a girl by the leg and arm.’ While travel and natural disasters may be considered a theme in many of these stories, Garcia’s characters linger and long, pondering things like in “Queen Anne’s Lace,” whether the needle, puncturing her skin when getting a tattoo, can see inside. Thankfully, Margaret’s Sad-girls & Other Stories gives us a piercing front seat view.”
From Ariel Gore, author of The End of Eve
“Margaret Elysia Garcia’s is a hauntingly beautiful new voice in American literature. These stories–about shifting identities in earthquake country, about mothers and daughters, about the urban and interior landscapes that are at once home and dangerous–come together with a kind of magic leaving me inspired and oddly elated.”
Sad Girls & Other Stories is the third ebook published on Solstice Literary Press . Solstice Literary Press seeks to discovery diverse voices in literature. Check out Solstice Literary Magazine. One of my stories not in the collection “Freakout in a Moonage Suenos del Dia” was published by them a few years back.
Many of the stories here have been published in other places. It’s oh so sweet to have them altogether in one place. So, please! Read my first short story collection and if you buy it on Amazon, leave me a review. Besos to you! Thank you for supporting literary arts the way you do!