De cerca nadie es normal
Monterrey, Mexico: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Secretaría de Cultura del Gobierno de Jalisco (Colección Narrativa), 2022. First Edition. Paperback. 155p., indices, wrps. New. Item #80660
No one is normal up close Hiram Ruvalcaba In this new book by Hiram Ruvalcaba, the author focuses on the intense desire to connect with others. These are eight stories united by a precise style and full of images, and the marginal condition of its characters: an aging mother with mental problems suddenly appears with a baby; a woman wants to meet the father who abandoned her, only to discover his monstrosity in the end; a mother tries to return home carrying her sick child in her arms in the middle of a heavy rain; In addition, the hybrid portrait between a chronicle and a short story of the victims of the explosions in Guadalajara in 1992, among others. The tones vary. While there are terrible closures, we can also experience humor and relief. Common lives seem to find their weight ignored through literature. Hiram Ruvalcaba's accurate and subtle pen shows us that, as we usually suspect but don't say out loud, no one is normal up close.