Manuel Muñoz

The Indigo Press is an independent publisher of contemporary fiction and non-fiction, based in London. Guided by a spirit of internationalism, feminism and social justice, we publish books to make readers see the world afresh, question their behaviour and beliefs, and imagine a better future.

Manuel Muñoz

Raised in tiny Dinuba, California, Manuel Muñoz is the son of farmworkers and worked in the fields himself in his youth. The town newspaper celebrated him when he received a full scholarship to Harvard. He was later accepted in Cornell’s MFA program, and currently teaches in the Creative Writing program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Muñoz is the author of two previous collections and a novel. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers Award, three O. Henry Awards, and has appeared in Best American Short Stories.

The Consequences

Shimmering writing depicting California’s Central Valley, the
first book in a decade from a virtuoso story writer.

These exquisite stories are mostly set in the 1980s in the small
towns that surround Fresno. With an unflinching hand, Muñoz
depicts the Mexican and Mexican American farmworkers
who put food on our tables but were regularly and ruthlessly
rounded up by the migra, as well as the quotidian struggles and
immense challenges faced by their families.

The messy and sometimes violent realities navigated by his
characters—straight and gay, immigrant and American-born,
young and old—are tempered by moments of surprising,
tender care: Two young women meet on a bus to Los
Angeles to retrieve husbands who must find their way back
from the border after being deported; a gay couple plans
a housewarming party that reveals buried class tensions; a
teenage mother slips out to a carnival where she encounters
the father of her child; the foreman of a crew of fruit pickers
finds a dead body and is subsequently—perhaps literally—
haunted.

In The Consequences, obligation can shape, support, and
sometimes derail us. It’s a magnificent new book from a gifted
writer at the height of his powers.

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