Reviews

“Muñoz has created a wholly authentic vision of contemporary California— one that has little to do with coastlines, cities or silicon . . . Muñoz’s Central Valley is a part of California — a part of America — that has yet to see many liberations: gay, women’s, or economic liberation from restrictions imposed for so long on people with brown skin. If his vision is full of despair, so is the reality that his characters must endure; he is much too truthful a writer to present false hope. Zigzagger is a book to read if you want to see another California, one that might be unfamiliar but is home to millions. It heralds the arrival of a gifted and sensitive writer.”

—David Ebershoff, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Muñoz’s Zigzagger is not merely a contribution to Latina/o letters, but a major breakthrough. Stunning in voice, lyrical in language, forceful in subject matter, the stories in this debut collection explode with powerful storytelling. Zigzagger will forever change the way we think of desire and the lonely roads one travels to get there.”

—Helena María Viramontes

“Sweet, moody, sexy, cruel. Stories told with such tenderness, they leave you with your heart aching.”

—Sandra Cisneros

“One of the delights of fiction is its ability to take us to places we had never imagined. Manuel Muñoz writes with lightning in his pen, and he has taken us deep into the heart of a troubling, blessed place. Eerie and erotic, mysterious and true, Zigzagger puts Muñoz head and shoulders above much of what passes as ‘Latino fiction’ today. Highly recommended.”

—Luis Alberto Urrea

“Zigzagger is what happens when a genre grows up—when it matures to a level where the only lesson from reading a book that happens to be written by a Latino author is what happens when language and voice and stunning storytelling come from such an extraordinary talent.”

—Helen Ubinas , Hartford Courant

“Zigzagger heralds the arrival of a serious artist who can spin dazzling stories from the tiniest fabric of Chicano culture.”

—Rigoberto González, El Paso Times

“Muñoz can accomplish more in a few pages than many novelists with much more space to fill.”

—C. L. Frey, The Weekly News (South Florida)

“The stories stir up the sorts of emotions people tend to ignore. These characters swallow their pride and self-respect for the love of others, humiliate themselves when they have no choice but to ask for help, and give in to evil undisguised as charm . . . Muñoz’s details are jarringly realistic. His sharp pen and vivid imagination take the reader to a dark and human place. A zigzag is not a straight path. Neither is this book.”

—Edgar Sandoval, Sun Sentinel