Come Together, Fall Apart

Come Together, Fall Apart

by Cristina Henríquez


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These eight short stories and novella travel from Panama's dusty city streets to its humid beaches to create an affecting portrait of a country in transition. They illustrate family bonds and generational conflicts, youthful infatuation and genuine passion. Tender, ambitious, bold, and unflinching, they herald the arrival of a fresh, exciting, and lavishly talented new voice in American literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594482410
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,166,384
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Cristina Henríquez is the author of Come Together, Fall Apart: A Novella and Stories and the forthcoming novel The World In Half. Her stories have been published in The New Yorker, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, TriQuarterly, and AGNI, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Oxford American, and Preservation. She was featured in Virginia Quarterly Review as one of "Fiction's New Luminaries," and is a recipient of the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation Award, a grant started by Sandra Cisneros in honor of her father.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She lives with her husband in Chicago.

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This terrific anthology consisting of eight short stories and a novella that provides the book¿s title is a superb deep look at life in Panama from the perspective of people wanting to be fulfilled and happy in spite of the adverse environment they live in during the reign of or since the fall of Noriega. ---- Short stories. Throughout the shorts, families are disrupted and devastated by personality flaws of the adults (usually the patriarch) or from outside intervention in some cases with good intentions. Yet somehow the young still hope for a better future for them and their offspring whether it is in Panama City, Gamboa in the rainforest or New Jersey. ---- The novella: ¿Come Together, Fall Apart¿. In October 1989, Panamanians anticipate the American invasion and chaos has set in everywhere especially in the capital. Small bombs explode everywhere including one that harmed fifteen years old Ramon¿s Tia Reina. Ramon and his mother believe it is not safe anywhere as Noriega¿s reign is near collapse and their family edges closer to crumbling. ---- Harriet Klausner