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Simultaneously tough and tender,...
Simultaneously tough and tender, these stories mark the debut of a writer poised to represent his city's literature for decades to come.
"The 70s and 80s of Galaviz-Budziszewski's childhood spring up like a diorama, and eventually Painted Cities begins to feel ... like a journey through a living, breathing (and dying) universe." ?
"In his nuanced and moving short story collection Painted Cities Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski brings a south Chicago neighborhood to life."
"Galaviz-Budziszewski creates and re-creates place, defines and re-defines its boundaries. Galaviz-Budziszewski's strong ear for language and careful craft make an assured debut from an author worth watching." —Publishers Weekly
"Like Stuart Dybek and Peter Orner, whose endorsements unsurprisingly adorn the back of this collection of short stories, Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski plants his fiction deep in Chicago soil." —The New York Times
"It's Galaviz-Budziszewski's distaste for nostalgia, in fact, that makes 'Painted Cities,' his debut collection of short stories about his youth in Pilsen, so remarkable." —Chicago Tribune
"Ruminative, clever and soulful" —The New York Times Book Review