Magic City Books is proud to welcome Kirstin Valdez Quade for a virtual event in celebration of her new novel, The Five Wounds, a stunning debut novel about a New Mexican family’s extraordinary year of love and sacrifice. The characters in this engrossing novel are created in luminous and memorable detail. Just as the pacing is perfect, so too are the tact and care with which each scene is made.
Kirstin Valdez Quade, by concentrating on the truth of small moments, has brought a whole world into focus.–Colm Tóibín, author of House of Names Joining Kirstin in conversation will be Maggie Shipstead, author of Seating Arrangements, Astonish Me, and the forthcoming Great Circle published by Knopf on May 4th.
This free event will be hosted on the Zoom platform and Facebook Live. To register in advance for the event on Zoom visit here. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with details on how to join the event on Monday April 12th.
The Five Wounds will be published March 30th. To pre-order a copy visit Magic City Books or shop here.
About The Five Wounds
It’s Holy Week in the small town of Las Penas, New Mexico, and thirty-three-year-old unemployed Amadeo Padilla has been given the part of Jesus in the Good Friday procession. He is preparing feverishly for this role when his fifteen-year-old daughter Angel shows up pregnant on his doorstep and disrupts his plans for personal redemption. With weeks to go until her due date, tough, ebullient Angel has fled her mother’s house, setting her life on a startling new path.
Vivid, tender, funny, and beautifully rendered, The Five Wounds spans the baby’s first year as five generations of the Padilla family converge: Amadeo’s mother, Yolanda, reeling from a recent discovery; Angel’s mother, Marissa, whom Angel isn’t speaking to; and disapproving Tíve, Yolanda’s uncle and keeper of the family’s history. Each brings expectations that Amadeo, who often solves his problems with a beer in his hand, doesn’t think he can live up to.
The Five Wounds is a miraculous debut novel from a writer whose stories have been hailed as “legitimate masterpieces” (New York Times).
Kirstin Valdez Quade conjures characters that will linger long after the final page, bringing to life their struggles to parent children they may not be equipped to save. Kirstin Valdez Quade is the author of The Five Wounds and Night at the Fiestas, winner of the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize. She is the recipient of a “5 Under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, the Rome Prize, and the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, New York Times, The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Originally from New Mexico, she now lives in New Jersey and teaches at Princeton University.