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Marcela Fuentes

June 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Magic City Books is proud to welcome debut novelist Marcela Fuentes for a free in-store event on Monday June 10 to celebrate the publication of her novel, Malas. Marcela will be joined in conversation by Matt Gallagher, author of Daybreak.

Marcela Fuentes is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer and essayist, her debut novel Malas has received rave reviews:

Malas gorgeously captures both the vibrancy and the cost of becoming the kind of woman who sets her own path, creates her own rituals, and mourns her own losses. Marcela Fuentes writes with a visceral precision about family, grief, and what it means to move through the world holding on to both your independence and your ties to community. This is a dazzling, heartbreaking, and triumphant debut.” –Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections and Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

Fuentes’ stunning debut shows us the sweeping mythic stature of the past alongside and running beneath the tactile and urgent present. Her gifts with storytelling and character propel us naturally from time to time in this gripping narrative of grief and release.”
–Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and The Butterfuly Lampshade

Malas will be published on June 4 and is available to pre-order at: https://magiccitybooks.square.site/product/malas/2228.

About Malas

A story full of passion and revenge, following one family living on the Texas Mexico border and a curse that reverberates across generations–“Fuentes has achieved something rare and indelible with this story of complex women.” (Erika L. Sánchez)

In 1951, a mysterious old woman confronts Pilar Aguirre in the small border town of La Cienega, Texas. The old woman is sure Pilar stole her husband and, in a heated outburst, lays a curse on Pilar and her family.

More than forty years later, Lulu Muñoz is dodging chaos at every turn: her troubled father’s moods, his rules, her secret life as singer in a punk band, but most of all her upcoming quinceañera. When her beloved grandmother passes away, Lulu finds herself drawn to the glamorous stranger who crashed the funeral and who lives alone and shunned on the edge of town.

Their unexpected kinship picks at the secrets of Lulu’s family’s past. As the quinceañera looms–and we move between these two strong, irascible female voices–one woman must make peace with the past, and one girl pushes to embrace her future.

Rich with cinematic details–from dusty rodeos to the excitement of a Selena concert and the comfort of conjunto ballads played at family gatherings–this memorable debut is a love letter to the Tejano culture and community that sustain both of these women as they discover what family means.

Marcela Fuentes is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer and essayist. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was the 2016-2017 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the Indiana ReviewThe RumpusTexas Highways MagazineKenyon ReviewPloughshares, and other journals. Her debut novel Malas (June 2024) and linked story collection My Heart has More Rooms than a Whorehouse are forthcoming from Viking Books. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.


June 10
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Magic City Books


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