The Consequences: Stories


Manuel Muñoz

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B Format 198mm x 129mm
20 October 2022
ISBN 978-1911648475
Cover design © Luke Bird
Cover artwork © Krisztina Dózsa-Farkas

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 everyday 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 the men they love 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.

Praise for The Consequences

Manuel Muñoz’s stories are melancholy, assured, and unforgettable. Like a porch light at midnight, they strike a circle of stark dreamlike clarity around their characters, even as the darkness gathers in.’
— Colin Barrett, author of Homesickness

These stories are evanescent, unforgettable, taking us deep into California’s Central Valley, the homeland Manuel Muñoz has for years given to the world as a place of glimmering mystery, tule fog, and the yearning of his characters for love and absolution. Each story reveals an entire life. Muñoz is one of the best writers working in America.’
— Susan Straight, author of In the Country of Women and Between Heaven and Here

Haunting, powerful, humble, precise, this collection shook my being. Manuel Muñoz is a great American writer who sees with his heart—as great as Juan Rulfo in writing about the poor. I wish I had written these stories.’
— Sandra Cisneros, author of Martita, I Remember You and The House on Mango Street

This packs a hell of a punch.’
Publishers Weekly 

Nuanced, thoughtful, often moving stories.’

‘The characters in this collection exist on the verge of oblivion, but the book out-Steinbecks Steinbeck in its manifestation of the human in places we too rarely dare look.
Oprah Daily

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Los Angeles Times, 26 August 2022: Manuel Muñoz’s stories capture a Central Valley you’ve never seen

Kirkus, 27 July 2022: Starred Review

Publishers Weekly, 22 July 2022: Starred Review 

Winner of the 2022 Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Recipients

The Independent, 5 May 2022: Ten books by Latino authors you should be reading, according to Sandra Cisneros

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