I am delighted to say that Vandal's In/Security issue has been launched. Contributors include Sasah pimental Chacon, Myriam Chancy, Norma Cantu, Gabrielle Civil, Madhu Kaza, and many more. Interviews with Sheila Maldonado, Jennifer Clement, Amy Sarah Caroll and Ricardo Dominguez. Artworks by Luisa Rabbia and illustrations by Ben Fine.
Praise for Let It Rain Coffee:
‘Reminiscent of García Márquez (like the vivid, semimagical scene in which Chan puts on a dead man's suit, walks into the dictator Trujillo's office and steals a letter opener) reveal Cruz's own distinctive narrative gifts.’-- New York Times, June 26, 2005
‘Angie Cruz's "Let It Rain Coffee" is a stunning sweep of history, memory and fantasy that demonstrates a talent unmatched by any other young writer. With such a sharp ear for voice and a knack for characterization, Cruz is on the cusp of master storytelling.’ El Paso Times, Nov. 6, 2005
‘Cruz's unvarnished, sympathetic account of immigrant struggles suggests she is a writer worth watching.’ --Publishers weekly, March 7, 2005
‘She demonstrates enormous affection for her characters without sentimentalizing their naivete or ignorance. A powerful, affecting second effort.’-- Kirkus Reviews, February 2005
‘She is a writer of grace and true grit, an uncommon and laudable combination of gifts.’
--St. Louis Post-Dispatch, June 2005
‘It isn’t just that Cruz is spot-on with the details of immigrant, working class New York, it is also that she gets it just right from so many perspectives. Cruz beautifully articulates each character’s feelings towards their exile.’ --Bust Magazine , August 2005
Praise for Soledad:
‘Tinted with the magical realism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Cruz's first novel is that of man and woman, selective amnesia and persistent memories, redemption and survival.’ -- Katori Hall, The Boston Globe: Sept. 7, 2001
‘A vivid, breathing cityscape teeming with raw beauty, danger and magic . . . Cruz shows much promise as a writer.’ --Dodie Bellamy, San Francisco Chronicle: August, 26, 2001
‘The notion of homecoming--and its attendant problems and virtues—resonates poetically through the pages of Soledad.’ —Jabari Asim, The Washington Post: August 28, 2001
‘Nobody's ever really given us such a revealing look at New York's Dominican population before.…Cruz, in this determinedly real yet often magical novel, offers canny insights into family life.’ —Mark Rozzo, Los Angeles Times
“A touching and humorous celebration of individual identity and cultural connection. Cruz combines passion and wit, features captivating characters and a story readers will love.” Heart and Soul Magazine, August 2001.
“A stunning debut novel, “ Honey Magazine, July 2001
‘Angie Cruz is the real thing. She writes with a rare combination of fierce passion and tender compassion for her unforgettable world.’ --Cristina Garcia, author of Dreaming in Cuban.
‘Like SOLEDAD’s beautiful troubled protagonist Angie Cruz is a revelation. She writes
with confidence and compassion. She cleaves through the evasions and silences that obscure so much of what we call the‘immigrant experience.’ -- Junot Díaz, author of Drown.