An extraordinary debut literary fiction from a new Latino voice that explores the intersection of cultural expectations and family dynamics.
THE FAMILY IZQUIERDO
by Rubén Degollado
Norton, Spring 2022
Through the lens of its patriarch, THE FAMILY IZQUIERDO deftly weaves together the lives of different members of the Izquierdo clan to paint the picture of a Mexican-American family bound together by love, and a curse. From young love to a failing marriage, from a mother afraid to leave her house to a young woman moving far from her family to try to find her way, Papa Tavo watches as his children and grandchildren try to navigate their way through a confusing and painful world. But it’s hard when a neighbor’s black magic hechizos affect their ability to live their lives.
Rubén Degollado’s stories have appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Gulf Coast, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and Image. He has been a contest finalist in American Short Fiction, Bellingham Review, and Glimmer Train.