Influenced by Latin American tradition, the ten stories in this debut collection are steeped in equal parts magic realism and gritty, sophisticated worlds, where shaman parade alongside lovesick film buffs, papers and humans fly at will, and intellectual and professional quests lead to self-destruction.
Whether it is a fourteen-year-old boy attempting to capture time in a capsule, a seed distributor entrapping an errant lover with a pre-Columbian artifact, or a woman trying to drown herself in a water aerobics class, the stories in 29 Ways to Drown will grip by the sheer absurdity of the inevitable truths they attempt to unravel.
“Aguirre has an amazing imagination. Each story is individual and thought provoking. This collection of tales is perfect bedtime fodder.” The Sun
“Niki Aguirre doesn’t need to be compared with anyone. She has her own voice, and it’s a great one for a short story writer.” The Short Review
“Niki Aguirre is that rarest of writers, one who possesses an exuberant imagination, but who also casts a devastatingly sharp eye on human reality.” Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
“Niki Aguirre breathes new energy into the short story, with a dark originality that makes hers compulsive reading.” Jennifer Kabat, former editor of The Face, Arena, and ID magazine
“Niki Aguirre brings her literary world to vivid life. The characters haunt and intrigue… Her exquisite tales resonate long after the last page…” Courttia Newland, author of The Scholar, Society Within and Snakeskin