Books for Adults: Mexico Stories by Josh Barkan
Mexico: Stories by Josh Barkan is a collection of short stories about normal people living in Mexico whose lives are touched by violence. I love the indirect way Josh tells the stories…many of them starting with a specific event then every few paragraphs intertwines a related story to help fill in the character details or backstories. This is a fantastic way to figure out why each person is responding to the situation the way they are. The intersection of stories and vignettes help you understand the greater context and complexity of the situation.
Each main character living in Mexico live seemingly normal lives outside of violence and criminal activity. However, it quickly appears that no one is safe from the terror that’s incited by drug cartels and illegal activities. A chef, a teacher, a surgeon, an artist…all forced into horrible situations. They survived but their perspective on life were forever changed.
I haven’t read a collection of short stories in a long time and found myself thoroughly enjoying this set. You can read more about the book here and the author here.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for this honest review.
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