Eat the Mouth That Feeds You (Paperback)

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WINNER OF THE WHITING AWARD

PEN AMERICA LITERARY AWARD FINALIST


Recommended by H ctor Tobar as an essential Los Angeles book in the New York Times.

Carribean
Fragoza's debut collection of stories reside in the domestic surreal,
featuring an unusual gathering of Latinx and Chicanx voices from both
sides of the U.S./Mexico border, and universes beyond.

"Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is an accomplished debut with language that has the potential to affect the reader on a visceral level, a rare and significant achievement from a forceful new voice in American literature."--Kali Fajardo-Anstine, New York Times Book Review, and author of Sabrina and Corina

Carribean
Fragoza's imperfect characters are drawn with a sympathetic tenderness
as they struggle against circumstances and conditions designed to defeat
them. A young woman returns home from college, only to pick up exactly
where she left off: a smart girl in a rundown town with no future. A
mother reflects on the pain and pleasures of being inexorably consumed
by her small daughter, whose penchant for ingesting grandma's letters
has extended to taking bites of her actual flesh. A brother and sister
watch anxiously as their distraught mother takes an ax to their old
furniture, and then to the backyard fence, until finally she attacks the
family's beloved lime tree.

Victories are excavated from the
rubble of personal hardship, and women's wisdom is brutally forged from
the violence of history that continues to unfold on both sides of the
US-Mexico border.

"Eat the Mouth that Feeds You renders the feminine grotesque at its finest."--Myriam Gurba, author of Mean

"Eat the Mouth that Feeds You will establish Fragoza as an essential and important new voice in American fiction."--H ctor Tobar, author of The Barbarian Nurseries

"Fierce and feminist, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is a soul-quaking literary force."--Dontan McPherson-Joseph, The Foreword, *Starred Review

".
. . a work of power and a darkly brilliant talisman that enlarges in
necessary ways the feminist, Latinx, and Chicanx canons."--Wendy Ortiz, Alta Magazine

"Fragoza's
surreal and gothic stories, focused on Latinx, Chicanx, and immigrant
women's voices, are sure to surprise and move readers."--Zoe Ruiz, The Millions

"This
collection of visceral, often bone-chilling stories centers the liminal
world of Latinos in Southern California while fraying reality at its
edges. Full of horror and wonder."--Kirkus Reviews, *Starred Review

"Fragoza's
debut collection delivers expertly crafted tales of Latinx people
trying to make sense of violent, dark realities. Magical realism and
gothic horror make for effective stylistic entryways, as Fragoza
seamlessly blurs the lines between the corporeal and the abstract."--Publishers Weekly

"The magic realism of Eat the Mouth that Feeds You is thoroughly worked into the fabric of the stories themselves . . . a wonderful debut."--Brian Evenson, author of Song for the Unraveling of the World

About the Author


The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Carribean Fragoza was raised in South El Monte, California. After graduating from UCLA, Fragoza completed the Creative Writing MFA Program at CalArts, where she worked with writers Douglas Kearney and Norman Klein. Fragoza is founder of Vicious Ladies, a new website publishing womxn, queer, and non-binary critics of color. She co-edits UC Press's acclaimed California cultural journal, Boom California, and is also the founder of South El Monte Arts Posse, an interdisciplinary arts collective.Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Zyzzyva, Alta, BOMB, Huizache, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. She is the co-editor of East of East: The Making of Greater El Monte and Senior Writer at the Tropics of Meta. Carribean is the Coordinator of the Kingsley and Kate Tufts Poetry Award at Claremont Graduate University, and she lives in the San Gabriel Valley in LA County.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780872868335
ISBN-10: 0872868338
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publication Date: March 30th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English