Fiction. Short Stories. Latinx Studies. Chalar's fiction debut, THE GUARDIAN ANGEL OF LAWYERS, comprises thirteen stories examining the themes of guilt and innocence, punishment, legal culpability, and moral justification. A well-respected lawyer is haunted by a crime he committed in his youth. Violence between a young couple offers a harried criminal judge an unlikely chance for redemption. A controversial college professor enlists one of his students to obtain the skull of a murderer in order to prove a groundbreaking theory. In this collection of stories, many of them drawing from her experience of the legal profession, Chalar explores issues of morality and conflict, shedding light on our most questionable actions and on the enduring effects of things we do to others and ourselves.
Laura Chalar was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. She is a lawyer, writer and translator, and the author of two English- language poetry collections, Midnight at the Law Firm and Unlearning (Coal City Press, 2015 and 2018 respectively). Her work has been featured in magazines internationally. THE GUARDIAN ANGEL OF LAWYERS, translated by herself into English, is her first short story collection to be published in the USA. Laura divides her time between Buenos Aires, Argentina, and her hometown, Montevideo.Author City: MONTEVIDEO URU