Stories By Taylor García
Desiree’s bedroom is hot and glowing, with the setting sun spilling into the open blinds. All around, lit colored candles flicker: a red one on the dresser, blue ones in jars with the Virgin Mary on the nightstands, a white one with Jesus showing a burning heart on his chest by Mary Jane’s changing table, and small yellow ones in saucers everywhere else …”
Author of All the Secrets of the World, the national best seller Candyfreak, and Bad Stories
The stories in Functional Families are sharp, surprising glimpses of those moments of life when the cracks start to show, when a border is crossed, when it’s clear things will never be the same. Taylor Garcia writes with great heart and humor and I gobbled up his wonderful collection.
Author of the national best seller The Cold Millions, and the #1 New York Times Bestseller Beautiful Ruins
The Functional Families Book got nominated for the Maya Angelou 2022 Award. Check here
Taylor García is the author of the novel, Slip Soul (Touchpoint Press, 2021), and the short story collection, Functional Families (Unsolicited Press, 2021). In addition to his books, García has published several short stories and essays in numerous journals, and is a weekly columnist at the Good Men Project.
In a past life, García was a features and sports reporter at The Santa Fe New Mexican, and a political news correspondent at the Talk Radio News Service in Washington, D. C.He holds an MFA in Writing from Pacific University Oregon. García is a multi-generational Neomexicano originally from Santa Fé, New Mexico now living in Southern California with his family.
High brow, low brow, mid brow, unibrow (mostly mid to uni)
Irony, both redemptive and humorous (don’t mind some dead irony now and again)
Humor (dark, sarcasm, satire, slapstick, dry)
Diversity (can’t be all white people…)
Spiritualism (dashes of religion)
Family issues (dysfunctional only!)
Latino, Hispanic, Mexican, Spanish, and Native American influences
Literary, Pop, and mainstream
Short novels (shnovels, or novellas)
Satire, Humor, Dark Humor
Non-fiction: anything having to do with transformation and beating the odds
Anything by García Márquez, Saunders, Fitzgerald, Atwood, Vonnegut, Twain, Didion, Marie Howe, Dorianne Laux, Steve Almond, Pam Houston, Kellie Wells
A NOVEL By Taylor García
Tonight, I cannot sleep.
Slip Soul Launch Party, October 2021, Albuquerque, New Mexico
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