Join Word Up Community Bookshop and Feminist Press in launching Love War Stories, by debut writer Ivelisse Rodriguez, which documents how "love wars" break out between generations of Puerto Rican women, as individuals find themselves caught between community expectation, violence, and grief. Ivelisse is the fiction editor at Kweli Journal.
At Word Up, she will be in conversation with literary programmer Jennifer Baker, creator and host of the podcast Minorities in Publishing, and editor of the forthcoming Everyday People: The Color of Life—A Short Story Anthology.
Books will be available for sale, or you can preorder one below. Thank you for supporting the author and Word Up!
“Love War Stories serves up love every which way: thwarted, obsessive, suffered over, delirious, consummated, unexpected. It rejects cultural traditions yet remains beholden to them. It fights with itself and others. It worships Julia de Burgos (as do I). And at its best, it is sublime. Brava to Ivelisse Rodriguez for a stunning debut!” —Cristina García, author of Dreaming in Cuban
"This is the short story collection I've been waiting for. Love War Stories arrests the heart with its stunning exploration of women who are put through a kind of hell in their determination to find true love. Hilarious at times even in the midst of the tragic and heartbreaking, Love War Stories is extraordinary. Punto y final. —Angie Cruz, author of Let It Rain Coffee