We Have Always Been Who We Are

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Blackstone Publishing
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6.0 X 7.8 X 1.5 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

Sofia T. Romero is a Pushcart Prize nominee and has published work in Necessary Fiction, Blue Mountain Review, Rigorous, and Waterwheel Review, among others. She lives in the Boston area, where she works as an editor. Visit her website at www.SofiaTRomero.com.


"The spare, muscular prose of newcomer Sofia Romero brings to mind the best parts of Hemingway, though her characters, unlike his, journey inward, through complex emotional truths that belie the minimalist language used to tell them. These are deceptively quiet stories that grow louder the longer they sit inside you. Stories that leave a fragrance behind, in your skin. Stories whose urgency lies in the haunting understatedness with which they're told. Romero's voice is clean, strong, and unique, and one that deserves to be heard."

-- "Alisa Lynn Valdés, New York Times bestselling author of Hollow Beasts and The Dirty Girls Social Club"

"We Have Always Been Who We Are stuns and soars. Romero has the staggering ability to depict unforgettable characters in their dreamlike states, losses, freedoms, and magic. With majestic, cleanly conceived prose and a wonderful attunement to the pulses of the human heart, this book is a winner. Highly recommend!"

-- "Jennifer Maritza McCauley, author of When Trying to Return Home"

"This stunning collection filled with vengeful seal queens, books of secret confessions, and creepy customizable mothers is just the speculative jewel you're looking for."

-- "Erika T. Wurth, author of White Horse: A Novel"

"These pitch-perfect tales call to mind the work of short fiction greats like Kelly Link, Alison Lurie, and Laurie Colwin. I tore through this book like a novel, astonished by Romero's singular voice and in love with her thorny, irresistible characters!"

-- "Joanna Rakoff, author of My Salinger Year and A Fortunate Age"