The Consequences: Stories

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5.57 X 8.21 X 0.56 inches | 0.57 pounds

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About the Author
Manuel Muñoz is the author of two previous collections and a novel. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, three O. Henry Awards, and has appeared in Best American Short Stories. A native of Dinuba, California, he lives in Tucson, Arizona.

"Muñoz's prose is shining and hypnotic, and suffused with care and tenderness. This is one of the best short story collections to come around in recent years."--Michael Schaub,, Best Books of 2022

"Hauntingly simple. . . . In these surprising, vivid stories, worries are deeply felt but not often spoken aloud, and obligation to kin and the need to survive outweigh much else."--The Atlantic, "10 Most Thought-Provoking Books of 2022"

"This collection pushes the reader to appreciate life's small moments of unexpected tenderness with fresh eyes."--Brenda Peynado, New York Times Book Review

"The fact that a mind as fine and compassionate as Muñoz's exists lifts me up."--George Saunders

"Gay, straight, American-born or American-dreaming, the characters in this collection exist on the verge of oblivion, but the book out-Steinbecks Steinbeck in its manifestation of the human in places we too rarely dare look."--Oprah Daily

"Simply put, Muñoz's stories are as observant as they are revealing -- full of nuanced subtext and bracingly honest depictions of vulnerability and hope, love and regret, and everything in between. They deserve all the attention they can get."--Alexis Burling, San Francisco Chronicle

"Muñoz brings tenderness and immediacy to these fully realised stories of secrets and concealment, longings, vulnerability, and imperfect escape, creating an expansive and memorable world."--David Hayden, The Guardian

"Muñoz's luminous story collection . . . portrays a community of Mexican and Mexican American farmworkers in California's Central Valley. . . . Their daily difficulties are tenderly laid bare. . . . Muñoz once worked in the same fields, as did his parents and siblings, and his empathetic stories convey a realistic sense of the toll such labor takes on bodies and minds."--Becky Meloan, The Washington Post

"Manuel Muñoz's third story collection solidifies his position as a master of the short story. The Consequences offers insights not just into relationships in families, neighborhoods, and communities, but among strangers who meet on a bus and come together to share the struggles of 21st-century immigrant life."--Jane Ciabattari, Lit Hub

"Nuanced, thoughtful, often moving stories."--Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"...Muñoz delivers breathtaking views into his characters' hardscrabble world, and evokes the heat of their yearning. This packs a hell of a punch."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Lucid and elegantly written, The Consequences tells the stories of characters who ache for one another or for ephemeral moments of release; who ache -- bodily -- from a life spent harvesting the sweetness that will grace other tables."--Los Angeles Times

"Full of nuance and heart, Muñoz's writing is honest and unforgettable, marking him as a master storyteller."--Electric Literature, "Favorite Story Collections of 2022"

"Muñoz's writing quietly dazzles with its unforced, patient, and lyrical lines."--Erin Douglass, Christian Science Monitor

"Haunting, powerful, humble, precise, this collection shook my being. Manuel Muñoz is a great American writer who sees with his heart--as great as Juan Rulfo in writing about the poor. I wish I had written these stories."--Sandra Cisneros

"These stories are evanescent, unforgettable, taking us deep into California's Central Valley, the homeland Manuel Muñoz has for years given to the world as a place of glimmering mystery, tule fog, and the yearning of his characters for love and absolution. Each story reveals an entire life. Muñoz is one of the best writers working in America."--Susan Straight

"Manuel Muñoz's stories are melancholy, assured, and unforgettable. Like a porch light at midnight, they strike a circle of stark dreamlike clarity around their characters, even as the darkness gathers in."--Colin Barrett

"I envy that I didn't write these stories myself. . . . [Manuel Muñoz] really just did his highest work, his genius highest work. And I'm in admiration."--Sandra Cisneros, The Independent

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