Sad Girls & Other Stories explores the world of chicanas, their families and their friends, as they come of age near Freeway 605 in a dystopian Los Angeles.
Praise for the book:
“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.” —Jenny Forrester, Curator of the Unchaste Women Readers Series
“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.” —Ariel Gore, Author of The End of Eve, Atlas of the Human Heart, The Traveling Death and Resurrection Show.
“Margaret Elysia Garcia opens the door to the thrift stores, botanicas, houses, and bedrooms of the sad girls who inhabit them. A lexicon of sad girl culture, readers will go deep into the culture of southeastern Los Angeles, with girls who find comfort in hand-copied zines, La Virgen candles, and the aftermath of earthquakes. The spirit of these sad girls reverberates off the page, ensuring you won’t soon forget them. ” — Wendy C. Ortiz, Author of Excavation
“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 screendoors, 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. —Pam Ward, Author of Want Some Get Some and Bad Girls Burn Slow.