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Set in northern New Mexico, Night at the Fiestas is an astonishing, beautifully rendered debut about growing up in a land shaped by love, loss, and violence.

With intensity and emotional precision, Kirstin Valdez Quade’s unforgettable stories plunge us into the fierce, troubled hearts of characters defined by the desire to escape the past or else to plumb its depths. The deadbeat father of a pregnant teenager tries to transform his life by playing the role of Jesus in a bloody penitential Passion. A young man discovers that his estranged father and a boa constrictor have been squatting in his grandmother’s empty house. A lonely retiree new to Santa Fe becomes obsessed with her housekeeper. One girl attempts to uncover the mystery of her cousin’s violent past, while another young woman finds herself at an impasse when she is asked to hear her priest’s confession.

Always hopeful, these stories chart the passions and obligations of family life, exploring themes of race, class, and coming-of-age, as Quade’s characters protect, betray, wound, undermine, bolster, define, and ultimately save each other.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Remarkable…In almost every story, Quade goes for vivid spectacle and theatrical plot twists…But Quade focuses just as intensely on the subtler customs, cruelties, kindnesses, and skewed alliances of precarious family life…If Quade ever yearned to escape her archaic Catholic heritage and redefine herself, let’s be glad she didn’t. Her vision has thrived on its fierce, flesh-conscious desire for transcendence.”

    Atlantic

  • “Quade’s ability to depict an entire world within the limitations of a single story is reminiscent of Alice Munro…the final story…is an emotional tour de force.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kirstin Valdez Quade is a fantastic writer, both stylish and sagacious. The stories here are taut and tense, while at the same time morally complicated, which is to say they cut sharp and they cut deep. Night at the Fiestas is a book of extraordinary virtuosity.”

    Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A 2015 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A 2015 John Leonard Prize Shortlist Selection
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About the Author

Kirstin Valdez Quade has received a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation as well as the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and the 2013 Narrative Prize. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Narrative, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. She was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and is currently the Nicholas Delbanco Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.