Date: January 31, 2017

Review: Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez


This powerful set of short stories by an Argentinian writer deserves the hype it seems to be getting. These are original works that pull you (at least if you are an American reader) into a world that is like ours only on the surface. Beneath it lie the local traditions and superstitions that form the core of some of these stories. Even when the story seems to deal with more mundane male-female difficulties, Ms. Enriquez writes in a voice that leaves us wondering if the story may veer off into horror–or worse. Perhaps the best story in the book, “Adela’s House”, is definitely a horror story, but its grounding in reality, as told through a childhood experience, makes it much more effective and harder to forget. There are lots of other discoveries to make in these twelve stories. None are weak. Some are superb. I highly recommend it.

Wienermobile Sighting

Sometimes you see wonderful things when you are out driving. Long ago, driving through Texas with my parents, a roadrunner ran across the road. It was not brightly colored, however, and did not say “beep beep.” And on occasion, I have looked to the sky and seen a blimp passing by. This week, after stopping for lunch not far from home, I caught part of a strange colored vehicle out of the corner of my eye, so I had to investigate. How wonderful to come across the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile!

If you look closely, you’ll see that apparently parking laws don’t apply to this vehicle, which means it joins US Postal Service vehicles in that rare privilege.

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