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The World Doesn't Work that Way, But it Could

Stories

Yxta Maya Murray (author)

ISBN: 9781948908696

Publication Date: Aug 2020

Format: Hardback

These stories magnify and make real the hidden dialogue of society. Readers are left to grapple with the implications and ramifications of the policies and attitudes pervasive in the United States today and question what it means for the future.
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  • Author Biography
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  • What does it mean for two Latinas to participate in Miss USA pageants? How does an EPA employee dedicated to the fighting for environmental protections navigate a workplace where she's now expected to find rationales to reverse regulations?
  • How does a law professor, herself a victim of sexual assault, write a letter of recommendation for a student to work for a judge accused of sexual misconduct?
  • How do a Trump supporting father-in-law and his Latina daughter-in-law come together to survive a raging wildfire?
  • What does a college-bound eighteen-year-old girl do when she finds herself pregnant and living in a state where she doesn't have access to abortion?
Murray's stories magnify and make real the hidden dialogue of society. Readers are left to grapple with the implications and ramifications of the policies and attitudes pervasive in the United States today and question what it means for the future.

Reviews

"Most writers are afraid of tackling these issues head on; Murray should be commended for not backing away and urging the reader to look with her."–Maceo Montoya, author of The Scoundrel and the Optimist

"Murray's style is, by turns, sarcastic, witty, sobering, didactic, poignant, informative–and full of corazón. I believe it is a significant contribution."–Patricia Santana, author of Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility

"Stories of life and bureaucracy intertwine in the wake of historic disasters, from the western wildfires to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Murray's stories feature the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Education, and the lives of regular people caught up in the all-too-familiar dystopian currents of the day."–The Millions

"...fearless and revalatory.... It is absolutely essential reading."–Buzzfeed
Pages 274
Dimensions 224 x 140 x 28
Date Published 30 Aug 2020
Publisher University of Nevada Press
Subject/s Anthologies (non-poetry)   Fiction  
  • Miss USA 2015
  • The Prisoner's Dilemma
  • After Maria
  • Acid Reign
  • Draft of a Letter of Recommendation to the Honorable Alex Kozinski, Which I Guess I'm Not Going to Send Now
  • Paradise
  • Abundance
  • The Perfect Palomino
  • Option 3
  • Zero Tolerance
  • The Hierarchy
  • The Overton Window
  • Walmart
  • The World Doesn't Work Like That, But It Could
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  • Acknowledgments
Yxta Maya Murray is an art critic, author, and law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA. She has won a Whiting Writer's Award and an Art Writer's Grant. She was a finalist for the ASME Fiction Award in 2019. Her work has been published in Artforum, Aperture, Ploughshares, Conjunctions, The Georgia Review, Guernica, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and other magazines.

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