DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS by Tara Isabel Zambrano
DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS, Tara Isabel Zambrano's debut short story collection, explores the rocky terrain of relationships and their fault lines, and unearths the boundaries between love, longing, and loss. Both real and surreal, lyrical and magical, sci-fi and speculative, these small stories shine a light in the darkness of seeking a human connection across space and time.
Advanced praise for DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS:
"Sharply cut, glowing, hallucinatory prose—alive, sensual, and dangerous." – Ben Loory, author of TALES OF FALLING AND FLYING
“'As the spaceship crash lands in our backyard,' matter-of-factly begins one story in Tara Isabel Zambrano’s sexy and strange DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS. This collection is likewise an otherworldly force, with startling impact. Lesbians have destination weddings on the moon, hearts leap from their bodies, dead girls share cigarettes while contemplating their lost lives, women suffer temporary sex-induced blindness, lovers swallow each other whole, harem girls kill their master’s enemies with poisonous kisses. This is a vivid, wild, captivating book." – Kim Magowan, author of UNDOING and THE LIGHT SOURCE
"DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS is the long-awaited debut collection by one of my favorite writers of the short form working today. Tara Isabel Zambrano is an artist of singular voice and vision, a master of image, language, and character. These stories are vivid, captivating, unforgettable. I can't exactly say how Zambrano works her magic, only that her stories leave me awestruck. DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS is not to be missed." – Kathy Fish, author of WILD LIFE: COLLECTED WORKS, 2003-2018
"From the first gripping story 'Alligators' onward, we know we are in the hands of a confident, subtle prose stylist unafraid to face and describe some of the darkest and most difficult moments of our lives... in language that is redeeming and utterly beautiful. Please go out and get this collection, and read it. Marvel at the emergence of a new and distinctive talent in fiction.'" – Chaya Bhuvaneswar, author of WHITE DANCING ELEPHANTS
"Possessing both an unflinching eye for detail and an uncanny ear for poetic juxtaposition, Zambrano simultaneously shocks and comforts, builds and destroys, condemns and redeems as she slices to the center of the human experience. DEATH, DESIRE, AND OTHER DESTINATIONS is written with sharp intelligence and scorching prose; the book is an astonishing achievement, and Zambrano is clearly a modern master of the short form." – Audra Kerr Brown, Managing Editor of New Flash Fiction Review