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The King of Lighting Fixtures
Stories
By Daniel A. Olivas
168 pp. / 5.50 x 8.50 / 2017
Paper (978-0-8165-3562-0)
  
Series
  - Camino del Sol

Related Interest
  - Literature and Essays
  - Latina and Latino Studies


Wanderers and writers, gangbangers and lawyers, dreamers and devils. The King of Lighting Fixtures paints an idiosyncratic but honest portrait of Los Angeles, depicting how the city both
A sharp, smart collection punctuated with inventiveness and wit: in the ongoing effort to depict Los Angeles as lit by something other than the glare of Hollywood, Daniel Olivas reminds us that the vast topography of the entire city and its neighborhoods are vibrant with their own unique electricities.

—Manuel Muñoz, author of What You See in the Dark

Comic, wry, very Angeleno, and essential Southern California.

—Susan Straight, author of Between Heaven and Here

The short story is a delicate artifact and Olivas knows it: the right balance is achieved only if what is said is in harmony with what is left unmentioned. His Los Angeles is not only from bottom up but from east to west and from south to north.

—Ilan Stavans, author of On Borrowed Words

entrances and confounds. Each story serves as a reflection of Daniel A. Olivas's grand City of Angels, a "magical metropolis where dreams come true."

The characters here represent all walks of L.A. life—from Satan's reluctant Craigslist roommate to a young girl coping with trauma at her brother's wake—and their tales ebb and flow among various styles, including magical realism, social realism, and speculative fiction. Like a jazz album, they glide and bop, tease and illuminate, sadden and hearten as they navigate effortlessly from meta to fabulist, from flash fiction to longer, more complex narratives.

These are literary sketches of a Los Angeles that will surprise, connect, and disrupt readers wherever they may live.


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