My summer reading list: Monique Quintana

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Monique Quintana
Fiction, 2nd year

The Last Interview and Other Conversations by Roberto Bolaño — I’ll be reading this book all summer because Bolaño is a great reference if you want to explore the best of the Latin American literati. He drops names and his brilliant genius all over the place in these interviews. Read Bolaño because he’s good for you.

My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me: Forty New Fairy Tales, edited by Kate Bernheimer — I’ve been appropriating Euro fairytales for my thesis, so I’ll be reading this anthology for inspiration. There are re-tellings by Aimee Bender, Francine Prose, Kim Addonizio, Michael Mejia, and many other bad-ass writers.

The Pulse Between Dimensions and the Desert by Rios De La Luz — I just started reading this bizarro collection of short shorts, flash fiction, and micro stories. There’s one story about a Mexican grandma who builds a time machine to save her daughter from her abusive husband, and another story about a woman who sits in her bathtub and hexes people who ask her where she came from. This book feels to me like a gift.

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