Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories


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5.4 X 8.3 X 0.4 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Katherine Vaz is a Briggs-Copeland Fellow in fiction at Harvard University. She is the author of Saudade, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection; Mariana, available in six languages and selected by the Library of Congress as one of the Top 30 International Books of 1998; and Fado & Other Stories, winner of the 1997 Drue Heinz Literature Prize.


"One comes away from these stories believing that it is possible to bargain with, sacrifice to, confront, divert, and even overcome adversity. In this wonderful collection, Vaz gives us characters who delight in the marvelous, which lurks, often undetected, just beneath the surface of our ordinary lives."--Joyce Wilson, Harvard Review--Joyce Wilson "Harvard Review "
"Vaz writes with quiet ease and skill--and her explorations of lives absent of grace are subtle and worth reading."--B. J./I>--B. J. Hollars "Pleiades "
"Katherine Vaz is the sort of fiction writer who makes me wonder why the rest of us even bother. . . . My favorite book of Vaz's is Our Lady of the Artichokes."--Tayari Jones, New York Times-- (02/06/2018)
"Vaz is a soulful writer who understands her protagonists' complex lives, as well as the way religious beliefs can assert themselves most powerfully after leaving native soil."--Publishers Weekly--Publishers Weekly (08/11/2008)
"This slim, sophisticated story collection demonstrates Vaz's many enviable skills. Several stories rely on a unifying theme, such as dealing with fear or coping with loss. But instead of being structured on an arc of conflict, climax and resolution, these cerebral pieces demand that readers assemble the pictures for themselves."--SFGate.com-- (10/12/2008)
"In Katherine Vaz's new volume of short fiction, she demonstrates brilliantly that rare quality of truly fine writing--a deeply profound knowingness about the human condition. Our Lady of the Artichokes and Other Portuguese-American Stories will even more widely prove what is already clear to many: Katherine Vaz is a master of the short story."--Robert Olen Butler, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain-- (12/17/2007)
"Katherine Vaz is an old-fashioned storyteller in the best sense. Her work is sensual, rich in detail and layered history. Her stories overflow with incident and feeling. Other writers present fruit plates. Vaz serves cornucopias."--Allegra Goodman, author of Intuition and Kaaterskill Falls-- (05/06/2008)