The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories by Daniel A. OlivasThe King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories by Daniel A. Olivas

The King of Lighting Fixtures: Stories

byDaniel A. Olivas

Paperback | September 19, 2017

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Wanderers and writers, gangbangers and lawyers, dreamers and devils. The King of Lighting Fixtures paints an idiosyncratic but honest portrait of Los Angeles, depicting how the city both entrances and confounds. Each story serves as a reflection of Daniel A. Olivas's grand City of Angels, a "magical metropolis where dreams come true."

The characters here represent all walks of L.A. life-from Satan's reluctant Craigslist roommate to a young girl coping with trauma at her brother's wake-and their tales ebb and flow among various styles, including magical realism, social realism, and speculative fiction. Like a jazz album, they glide and bop, tease and illuminate, sadden and hearten as they navigate effortlessly from meta to fabulist, from flash fiction to longer, more complex narratives.

These are literary sketches of a Los Angeles that will surprise, connect, and disrupt readers wherever they may live.
Daniel A. Olivas is the author of seven books, including The Book of Want: A Novel and Things We Do Not Talk About: Exploring Latino/a Literature through Essays and Interviews. A second-generation Angeleno, he makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife.
Title:The King of Lighting Fixtures: StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.47 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816535620

ISBN - 13:9780816535620


Editorial Reviews

"[A] bold insistence on leaving a few seams visible, a few threads frayed-even on pulling the rug away entirely-makes the book resound as a fascinating exploration of both the art of storytelling and the ways in which fiction echoes the messiness of life."-Foreword Reviews

"Assured and perceptive, offering a view of another Southland from Chandler's and Didion's."-Kirkus