Sandra Cisneros

Here are stories that blaze like wildfires, with characters who made me laugh and broke my heart, believable in everything they said and did. How tragic that American letters hasn’t met these women of the West before, women who were here before America was America. And how tragic that these working-class women haven’t seen themselves in the pages of American lit. before. Thank you for honoring their lives, Kali. I welcome them and you.


Julia Alvarez

Author of poetry collections, nonfiction, memoir, books for young readers, and novels, including How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies¡YO!

Kali Fajardo-Anstine’s collection of stories, Sabrina & Corina, isn’t just good, it’s masterful storytelling. Fajardo-Anstine is a fearless writer: her women are strong and scarred witnesses of the violations of their homelands, their culture, their bodies; her plots turn and surprise, unerring and organic in their comprehensiveness; her characters break your heart, but you keep on going because you know you are in the hands of a master.  (Is this really her first book?)  Her stories move through the heart of darkness and illuminate it with the soul of truth.  Comparisons came to mind: the Alice Munro of the high plains, the Toni Morrison of indigenous Latinas –but why compare her to anybody? She is her own unique voice, and her work will easily find a place, not just in Latinx literature, but in American literature and beyond.  Can you see me? I’m giving this collection a standing ovation!  Can you hear me? I’m calling out Brava! Brava! to Kali Fajardo-Anstine from a new fan and aficionada of her work.


Joy Williams

A terrific collection of stories — fiercely and beautiful made.


Ann Beattie

Kali Fajardo-Anstine writes about hard truths in women’s lives so knowingly, and with such a deft touch, I felt hyper-alert, as well as implicated and imperiled.  The book is about belief, coping, yearning, and proceeding in spite of adversity (that is, the times we stay alive).  The final act of the first story tells us everything we need to know about what territory we’ll be entering: in these achingly convincing stories, the writer is writing delicately, symbolically, about mortality, itself. 


Mat Johnson, author of Loving Day

Sabrina & Corina is captivating, bold and beautiful. There's a world here, and you’ll feel privileged to peer inside. This is a literary debut that kicks in the door. Kali Fajardo-Anstine is a badass.


Alyson Hagy, author of Scribe

A powerful, passionate collection of stories centered on the experience of Latina women in the Southwest. Fajardo-Anstine’s voice is fresh and unstinting, her vision complex and bold. An important, delightful, dazzling debut.


Abbey Paxton from BookBar

Each story in Sabrina & Corina is a transfixing fire. I couldn't look away. Rich with perspective of a indigenous Latina heritage and the Coloradan West, these stories are also universal in what it means to be female and part of a family. Here we find arrestingly real girls and women of all ages rising to the occasion. Fleeing violence, braving losses, and binding together; these sisters, daughters, cousins, and mothers return to one another and their ancestry over and over again in a world that is changing around them. Kali Fajardo-Anstine looks back from the world of her grandmothers to today and does not look away from the wounds gentrification or cyclical suppression. Feminine power plays close to the ground in every story: subversive, ever-rising, and triumphant at all the right moments. Beautiful and blazing.


I declare Sabrina & Corina required reading for all Denverites (transplants especially)! You'll find some familiar place names here: Colfax, Cheesman, Central Library, Tacos Jalisco, and the neighborhood formerly known as the Northside, for example. They are the backdrop to Fajardo-Anstine's perspective on the gentrification of the West and the lives of its all but entirely displaced residents. Follow her cast of indigenous Latinas, among them a young girl at home in the shadow of the Sangres, a just-released prisoner, a sex worker, a grandmother on Galapago, and a pair of cousins, one who lives, one who dies, as they grapple with their histories and, often, their Mile High roots. If nothing else, read the title story -- it's haunted me for months!

Lainie at Tattered Cover