Truth Serum Press, August 2015
International tax lawyer Luis Villalobos is lured to the tiny island of Curaçao anticipating a fast track to the cusp of an already stellar career. But the paradise we expect is so rarely the paradise we find.
THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS is a novel in stories, a portrait of the power of place in our definition of self.
CURAÇAO LAUNCH EVENT!
Saturday February 13th
Wine + cheese + reading + conversation
Mensing's Caminada bookstore
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS
"Storytelling at its absolute best." (Robin Cain, author of The Secret Miss Rabbit Kept)
"Curaçao is lovingly rendered, past and present, as a character itself. You cannot read this book without checking airfares to Curaçao." (John Wentworth Chapin, author of Alexandrite and founder of 52|250 A Year of Flash
"Quirky and wholly engaging, the book sizzles with the heat of the Caribbean sun." (Jeannette de Beauvoir, author of Asylum)
"[...] written with beautiful intensity, a book of dreams and desires, and a journey to self-discovery that gives life meaning." (Silvia Villalobos, author of Stranger or Friend)
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TASTES OF THE MIRACLE OF SMALL THINGS
"It's the only reason he came here. To be MD. He'll have nothing to stay for." And he'll blame her. He'll think it's because of that stupid fight. Her tantrum over that woman.
~ from Quixote Always Loses
Stepan leans back in his swiveling chair, stretches his arms up above his prematurely balding head. "Faulty structures are our daily bread, bicho. I mean that literally. Fixing them brings in good revenue."
~ from The Chablis and Sushi Miracle
Anger is nothing but hurt; revealing it makes us vulnerable. And I'm done being vulnerable.
~ from The Miracle of Small Things
MORE AT TRUTH SERUM PRESS
This tale began as part of Pure Slush's 2014 A Year in Stories, an ambitious project involving 31 writers and twelve volumes. Once 2014 was completed, the publisher suggested Luis's story worked well as a stand-alone narrative, so we started the 9-month journey of revising, re-editing, redesigning. We added images, we added Curaçao info bites. Without the word-count restriction of the anthology volumes, we were able to rework the stories for richer characterization. We even added a thirteenth story, an Epilogue to give Luis's year in Curaçao a sort of closure. Though... Where do stories end? Where, for that matter, do they begin?