by Robert Paul Moreira


by Robert Paul Moreira



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This mixed-genre collection of short stories, microfiction, and drama provides a kaleidoscope of modern human experience—from navigating fraught romantic relationships and definitions of masculinity, to dealing with the pull of family ties and the struggle to make one's way in the world. Featuring Latinx characters who are often caught between cultures, DIG explores themes of physical and emotional violence, human relationships, and the weight of politics, history, and culture on individuality and identity. Pathos and humor mix with frustration, revulsion, and dread to create an emotional rollercoaster that ultimately lands on a celebration of human resilience and perseverance.

The title story “Dig” presents an archaeologist navigating his cancer-stricken wife’s last days while unearthing his own childhood trauma. In the one-act play “Proxima b”, a Latina astronomer with an important discovery to convey can’t seem to get anyone at the observatory to listen to her–until she meets an older woman with a telescope in the parking lot. In “The Runner”, a young Latino husband and father is emasculated by casual racism and his wife’s attempts to assimilate, but his mojo is aroused by one of the most basic elements of his cultural heritage. These works and more challenge the reader with different perspectives on race, gender, and culture.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940165950865
Publisher: Frayed Edge Press
Publication date: 10/16/2022
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 313 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robert Paul Moreira earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Texas Pan American, and his Ph.D. in English from The University of Texas at San Antonio. He is the editor of ¡Arriba Baseball!: A Collection of Latina/o Baseball Fiction (2013) and author of the story collection Scores, winner of the 2016 NACCS Tejas FOCO Fiction Award. His work has appeared in Southwest American Literature, Aethlon, Azahares, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, Cobalt Review, and the anthologies SOL: English Writing from Mexico, Along the River 2, and New Border Writing. Malinalli, a musical in collaboration with Josiah Esquivel, is forthcoming from FlowerSong Press. Robert is a lecturer in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, where he has taught courses in fiction, creative nonfiction, playwriting, and Mexican American studies.
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