Fiction. Latino/Latina Studies. "In a voice that is all at once hilarious and mischievous, searing and seething and sardonic, Lorraine López presents, in her most necessary book to date, a celebration of the liberating power of bad behavior," writes Heather Sellers about HOMICIDE SURVIVORS PICNIC AND OTHER STORIES. Most of the stories are set in the South and focus around family relationships, by birth and choice, among characters from Latino and other backgrounds. Lydia, a childless linguist, takes care of her precious four-year-old niece while the mother faces jail. Social worker Rita rents the empty half of her duplex to her loser ex-husband, with disastrous results. And in the title story, teenager Ted winds up attending a homicide survivor's picnic with his sister, who is mourning her recently slain boyfriend whom Ted barely knew. "We are moved by her characters' difficult dilemmas without being traumatized," writes Lynn Pruett. And Manuel Muñoz agrees, "All of the refined and subtle humor we've come to expect from Lopez.... A marvelous collection."
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Lorraine M. López is the Gertrude Conaway professor of English at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches in the MFA program. She is a cofounder of the Latino and Latina Studies program at Vanderbilt and an associate editor of Afro-Hispanic Review. She is also the author of six previous volumes of fiction, including HOMICIDE SURVIVORS PICNIC AND OTHER STORIES (BkMk Press, 2019), finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Additionally, she has edited three essay collections. Her awards includes the inaugural Miguel Marmól Prize, the Paterson Prize for Young People's Literature, the Texas Writers League Award for Outstanding Fiction, International Latino Book Award, Independent Publisher Award, Foreword Award, and Borders/Las Comadres Selections. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Her latest book is POSTCARDS FROM THE GERUND STATE (BkMk Press, 2019).Author City: NASHVILLE, TN USA