Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
"One gin and tonic turned into three and soon the girl blurted out an apology befoe asking Doty what happened to her eyes (it wasn't that they were ugly, just turned every which way). The other guests had moved onto the dance floor. Doty could feel white streamers blow over the grass, their own kind of shadows.
"I had an accident.”
“Oh, no," said the girl, scooting closer to Doty and squeezing her hand. "I bet people say you're lucky it wasn't worse.”
“As a matter of fact," said Doty, "no one says anything about it at all."
I am incredibly grateful to Lupita for sending me what has become my favorite short story collection of the year so far. It is impossible for me to tell you which story I liked best because the entire book is just so damn good. But I can tell you that I have returned to it over and over to re-read and absorb the power, the sadness, and the fierceness that Kali poured out on to the pages as she took me down a dark, eye opening path of violence, addiction, poverty and racism.
I was completely blown away by this incredible collection and when I read that the scene in Cheesman Park was based on a real experience of of the author's.... I just.... no words. I loved how she flipped the narrative in Sugar Babies and reading the stories Sisters, Tomi, Sabrina and Corina.... they all just broke me. I wanted each story to be longer.... I wanted more on all of these flawed, complex, female characters. This book is just a force and the author is insanely talented and I can not wait to read what she writes next.