The Faraway World: Stories


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Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
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5.89 X 8.64 X 0.79 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Patricia Engel is the author of Infinite Country, a New York Times bestseller and Reese's Book Club selection; The Veins of the Ocean, winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize; It's Not Love, It's Just Paris, winner of the International Latino Book Award; and Vida, a finalist for the Pen/Hemingway and Young Lions Fiction Awards, New York Times Notable Book, and winner of Colombia's national book award, the Premio Biblioteca de Narrativa Colombiana. She is a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her stories appear in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Mystery Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Born to Colombian parents, and herself a dual citizen, Patricia is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Miami.


"A powerful new story collection that captures the diasporic experience of the modern Americas in all its complexity, nuance, and humanity... Her stories also move between registers--at times sweeping and tinged with history, other times intensely personal. Always, her characters are real people, dealing with real struggles, rendered beautifully, with insight and understanding." --Dwyer Murphy, Lit Hub

"Any fan of Engel's work will tell you to prepare yourself for unique and intimate layered storytelling. You'll find that and so much more in this new short story collection exploring themes of community, regret and migration." --TODAY

"These 10 compelling stories follow characters that feel as real as I do, grappling with human struggles that feel both uniquely new and nearly universal. If you're looking for a collection that will touch your heart and make you look at your fellow humans more generously, this one's a can't-miss." --Good Housekeeping

"A haunting read... No matter how far these stories travel, Engel infuses intimacy and care in every single life she writes." --Chicago Review of Books

"When you're in a dark place, you just want someone next to you with a (proverbial) flashlight, holding your hand. Patricia Engel does that in this evocative collective featuring Colombians and Colombian expats teetering on the line between despair, and resilience." --Erin Kodicek, Amazon Best of the Month pick

"A pleasure to read... Engel's multinational update of dirty realism is full of ironic flair, imagination, and empathy." --*Starred* Kirkus Reviews

"Engel writes with empathy and care... [Her] character-focused short stories are thought-provoking and intense; readers of literary fiction will enjoy this masterfully written collection." --Library Journal

"Engel's in fine form in all the short stories, as she examines the intersections of class, immigration, and families." --Town & Country

"[An] engrossing collection... Engel's alluring story lines and empathy for her characters make this a winner." --Publishers Weekly

"Patricia Engel's ten short stories are narrated by plucky, imperfect characters who weigh up wealth and piety as they contemplate their chances in their homeland or abroad." --Shelf Awareness

"I've long maintained that I want to read anything Engel writes; I'm sure The Faraway World collection will further confirm this desire." --R.O. Kwon, Electric Literature