Fifteen years after his last collection, The Consequences will be published by Graywolf Press in October 2022 in the United States, followed by The Indigo Press in the UK and in Italy by Edizioni Black Coffee. Of the ten stories in the collection, two have already been honored with O. Henry Awards ("The Happiest Girl in the Whole USA" and "The Reason Is Because") and a third ("Anyone Can Do It") was recognized in Best American Short Stories 2019. Three stories will be published for the first time in Virginia Quarterly Review, American Short Fiction, and Electric Literature in early fall.
The Consequences has received early starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. Set once again in the small towns of his beloved Central Valley, these stories confront the messy and sometimes violent realities navigated by his characters—straight and gay, immigrant and American-born, young and old—yet are tempered by moments of surprising, tender care.
“This packs a hell of a punch..”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Nuanced, thoughtful, often moving stories.”
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Haunting, powerful, humble, precise, this collection shook my being.
Manuel Muñoz is a great American writer who sees with his heart―as great as
Juan Rulfo in writing about the poor. I wish I had written these stories.”
“These stories are evanescent, unforgettable, taking us deep into California’s
Central Valley, the homeland Manuel Muñoz has for years given to the world as a place of glimmering mystery, tule fog, and the yearning of his characters for love
and absolution. Each story reveals an entire life.
Muñoz is one of the best writers working in America.”
"Manuel Muñoz’s stories are melancholy, assured, and unforgettable.
Like a porch light at midnight, they strike a circle of stark dreamlike clarity around their characters, even as the darkness gathers in.”