The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories

The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories

by Daniel A. Olivas

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Overview

The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories by Daniel A. Olivas

Wanderers and writers, gangbangers and lawyers, dreamers and devils. The King of Lighting Fixtures paints an idiosyncratic but honest portrait of Los Angeles, depicting how the city both entrances and confounds. Each story serves as a reflection of Daniel A. Olivas’s grand City of Angels, a “magical metropolis where dreams come true.”

The characters here represent all walks of L.A. life—from Satan’s reluctant Craigslist roommate to a young girl coping with trauma at her brother’s wake—and their tales ebb and flow among various styles, including magical realism, social realism, and speculative fiction. Like a jazz album, they glide and bop, tease and illuminate, sadden and hearten as they navigate effortlessly from meta to fabulist, from flash fiction to longer, more complex narratives.

These are literary sketches of a Los Angeles that will surprise, connect, and disrupt readers wherever they may live.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816535620
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Series: Camino del Sol Series
Pages: 168
Sales rank: 816,508
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Daniel A. Olivas is the author of seven books, including The Book of Want: A Novel and Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews. He earned his degree in English literature from Stanford University, and law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Since 1990, Olivas has practiced law with the California Department of Justice. A second-generation Angeleno, he makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife.
 

Table of Contents

Good Things Happen at Tina's Café 3

Juana 14

Bar 107 18

Mateo's Walk 20

The Subtenant 22

Needle 26

Orange Line 29

Carbon Beach 32

Imprints 34

Fat Man 44

Kind of Blue 45

La Diabla at the Farm 49

Things We Do Not Talk About 58

Better Than Divorce 61

Elizondo Returns Home 62

Mamá's Advice 67

Like Rivera and Kahlo 69

The Lost Soul of Humberto Reyes 71

@chicanowriter 73

The King of Lighting Fixtures 78

Pluck 114

Still Life with Woman and Stroller 115

A Very Bitter Man 117

Silver Case 119

The Last Dream of Pánfilo Velasco 121

Homecoming 124

Meeting with My Editor 139

Gig Economy 142

The Three Mornings of José Antonio Rincón 144

The Great Wall 150

Acknowledgments 153

Credits 155

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