Moving between Cuba and the U.S., the stories in Are We Ever Our Own trace the paths of the women of the far-flung Armando Castell family. Related but unknown to each other, these women are exiles, immigrants, artists, outsiders, all in search of a sense of self and belonging.
Linked by theme and complex familial bonds, these narratives shift across genres and forms to excavate the violence wreaked on women’s bodies, and document the attempt to create something meaningful in the face of loss. They ask: who do we belong to? What, if anything, belongs to us?
“Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes writes with the poetic fierceness of Lorca, exploring multiple subjectivities in this lyrical story collection on love and art, loss and violence. . . a poignant and powerful voice in Latinx literature—and beyond.” —Patricia Park
Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of The Sleeping World (Touchstone-Simon & Schuster, 2016). She has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, Willapa Bay Artists in Residency, Yaddo, the Millay Colony, Lighthouse Works, and the Blue Mountain Center.
Her work has appeared in such publications as New England Review, The Common, One Story, Cosmonauts Avenue, Slice, Pank, NANO Fiction, and Western Humanities Review. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, where she teaches creative writing and Latinx literature. Buy your books at Ampersand and join the conversation.
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