15 Views of Miami
edited by Jaquira Díaz
One of “the 7 best books about Miami.”
–Miami New Times
One of “our 10 favorite books set in South Florida.”
–The New Tropic
A literary portrait of the Magic City told in fifteen loosely linked stories by fifteen award-winning authors. Sprawling from Hialeah to Homestead, from Wynwood to Stiltsville, these stories cover a range of cultures, languages and lives, reflecting the diversity and drama of a large and often misunderstood city.
“The city that emerges from the stories in 15 Views of Miami is not the impossibly sunny, shiny place we see on television but the humid, crowded, less glamorous one we know (and love and sometimes hate) because we live here. It’s the city where you can hear the cry of a heron and the scream of traffic in the same breath. Where we still mourn the loss of Wolfie’s and Burdines and Zayre (OK, maybe not Zayre). Where people still identify themselves by where they were when Hurricane Andrew struck.” –Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
“15 Views of Miami offers a sprawling portrait of Miami-Dade … a complex web of stories keep the reader searching for clues and meaning around every corner. In 15 Views of Miami, we see our city for what it is — a place risen from the ashes by investment capital and developers, but defined by the stories of the people that ignited the flame… If the goal was to paint a literary portrait of Miami’s profound uniqueness and shifting cultural identity, than Díaz succeeded. Each story is its own world, told by characters filled with longing for a Miami past a reader can’t help but relate to.”
–The New Tropic
Jaquira Díaz was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, FL. She is the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, has been selected as Notable in Best American Essays 2012, and will be anthologized in Girls on Fire and Sins and Needles: Writers and their Tattoos. She was a Tennessee Williams Scholar in fiction at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Pushcart Prize XXXVII: Best of the Small Presses, The Kenyon Review, The Sun, The Southern Review, Southeast Review, and The Los Angeles Review, among other publications.
Contributors: Ricardo Pau-Llosa, Phillippe Diederich, M. Evelina Galang, Melanie Neale, Lynne Barrett, Susanna Daniel, Corey Ginsberg, Geoffrey Philp, Leonard Nash, M.J. Fievre, J. David Gonzalez, Ian Vasquez, Patricia Engel, Jennine Capó Crucet, and John Dufresne.
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