Sabrina & Corina: Stories

Sabrina & Corina: Stories

A haunting debut story collection on friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands, centered on Latinas of indigenous ancestry that shines a new light on the American West.

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s magnetic story collection breathes life into her Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit. Set against the remarkable backdrop of Denver, Colorado–a place that is as fierce as it is exquisite–these women navigate the land the way they navigate their lives: with caution, grace, and quiet force.

In “Sugar Babies,” ancestry and heritage are hidden inside the earth but tend to rise during land disputes. “Any Further West” follows a sex worker and her daughter as they leave their ancestral home in southern Colorado only to find a foreign and hostile land in California. In “Tomi,” a woman leaves prison and finds herself in a gentrified city that is a shadow of the one she remembers from her childhood. And in the title story, “Sabrina & Corina,” a Denver family falls into a cycle of violence against women, coming together only through ritual.

Sabrina & Corina is a moving narrative of unrelenting feminine power and an exploration of the universal experiences of abandonment, heritage, and an eternal sense of home.

Title:Sabrina & Corina: Stories
Edition Language:English
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    Sabrina & Corina: Stories Reviews

  • Angela M

    3.5+ star.There is a depth of sadness in these stories, lightened at times by connections with others or by a slight acknowledgement or recognition that maybe there is a way forward. Children, mostly ...

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    More detailed review to come!Update 3/4/20:Average rating: 3.72/5Final rating: 3.5/5I felt so all over the place with this collection, and I think ultimately my biggest takeaway is that this was sad t...

  • Constantine

    Rating: 3.5/5.0Genre:Contemporary + Cultural + Short Stories National Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2019) This is the first book I read among those nominated for the National Book Award in 2019, I...

  • Thomas

    An often dark yet overall moving short story collection that centers Latinas living in Denver, Colorado. These women’s experiences are diverse, though common themes run throughout the collection, in...

  • Never Without a Book

    The cycles of violence against women in these stories broke me. But Kali Fajardo-Anstine has a way in her writing to make you want to read me. I really wish this was a novel, I was so invested in the ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    This book of short stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (and from the Tournament of Books longlist) focuses on the lives of Latina and/or indigenous women living in an area of Denver. Families, traditions,...

  • Mari

    4.5 starsThis was a brilliantly crafted collection. They are stories that were strongly themed and tied together, by location, by the Indigenous and Latinx women who populated each story, and by the t...

  • Michael Finocchiaro

    Sabrina & Corina is a collection of 10 short stories primarily about Latinx women in the Denver area. It is rather bleak, full of poverty and violence and more specifically near Saguarita, a place whe...

  • Jypsy

    I love the cover art. It's gorgeous and eye catching. This collection of short stories, Sabrina and Corina, centers around female Latina culture in Colorado. The stories are both hopeful and sad. Ever...

  • Anna Luce

    3 ½ stars Sabrina & Corina is a touching collection of short stories. In these 11 stories Kali Fajardo-Anstine depicts the lives and experiences of Latinas in the United States (mainly in Denver, Col...