Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Review in "Publishers Weekly"
Jan 18, 2021
"Fragoza's debut collection delivers expertly crafted tales of Latinx people trying to make sense of violent, dark realities. Magical realism and gothic horror make for effective stylistic entryways, as Fragoza seamlessly blurs the lines between the corporeal and the abstract. In 'Lumberjack Mom,' the narrator’s father nearly destroys the family’s beloved lime tree, and her distraught mother takes up a ruthless form of landscaping. In 'Sabado Gigante,' a young man competes on a variety show in hopes of leaving his family’s past behind him. Fragoza’s characters are earnest while remaining complicated and conflicted. They speak to diverse immigrant experiences, stand up to patriarchal structures, and ground themselves in hope for a better future. In one of the most effective stories, 'Tortillas Burning,' the protagonist describes her state of poverty with depth and clarity: 'There’s a way to make room for hunger, to hold it, embrace it. But this was a lonely hunger, the kind that separates you from others, and that’s what hurts the most.' With haunting prose and an aptitude for the surreal, Fragoza emerges as a distinctive voice."
"The Millions" Most Anticipated: The Great First-Half 2021 Book Preview
Jan 11, 2021
Carribean Fragoza's Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is included in The Millions most anticipated books for 2021!
"Fragoza's surreal and gothic stories, focused on Latinx, Chicanx, and immigrant women's voices, are sure to surprise and move readers."—Zoe Ruiz, The Millions
Book recommendation from Emma Ramadan, Riffraff Bookstore
Jan 5, 2021
"Carribean Fragoza's writing is exciting and alive. Eat the Mouth That Feeds You gripped me from page one."—Emma Ramadan, Riffraff Bookstore, Providence, RI
Book recommendation in Poets and Writers Magazine
Dec 29, 2020
"Carribean Fragoza's writing is passionate and precise. Her gorgeously goth book of short fiction, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, is coming out from City Lights Publishers in March."—Yxta Maya Murray, Poets and Writers Magazine
David Ulin looks forward to the publication of "Eat the Mouth that Feeds You"
Nov 24, 2020
"I'm very much looking forward to Carribean Fragoza's debut collection, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, which City Lights Books will publish in 2021. (Alta will have a story by Fragoza in its Winter 2021 issue.) The writing is sharp and unexpected, and full of vivid turns."—David Ulin, Books editor, Alta Magazine
Excerpt on "Air/Light"
Oct 20, 2020
The new literary journal Air/Light inaugurates their first issue with a short story from Carribean Fragoza's Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, "Crystal Palace."
Brian Evenson anticipates the publication of "Eat the Mouth That Feeds You"
Oct 16, 2020
"Carribean Fragoza's Eat the Mouth that Feeds You is a wonderful debut."—Brian Evenson in an interview with "Maudlin House"
Carribean Fragoza discusses her book with California's independent booksellers
Oct 13, 2020
Carribean Fragoza is featured here on CALIBA's YouTube channel, discussing Eat the Mouth That Feeds You.
Shelf Awareness features Carribean Fragoza
Oct 13, 2020
Wednesday morning's programming for CALIBA kicked off with "California Voices," six West Coast authors introduced by Katerina Argyres of San Francisco's Bookshop West Portal.
First up was Carribean Fragoza with Eat the Mouth that Feeds You (City Lights Books, March 23, 2021), a collection of short stories about women of all ages. "From a 10-year-old to grandmother age, the stories focus on the voices of these women as they experience the challenges of being poor and working class in a world of men who don't treat them kindly," said Fragoza.
The tales take place on both sides of the border. "Think of it as a transnational collection," she said. Some of the stories get a little surreal; some stories take a dark turn. Fellow author and her dear friend Myriam Gurba describes it as "Chicanx gothic." In the title story: a mother describes how her daughter is slowly eating her, literally eating her body in life. "That has to do with matrilineal knowledge and the immigrant experience," Fragoza said, the daughter of Mexican immigrants who grew up in South El Monte, Calif.
"Publishers Weekly" reports on regional trade show highlights
Sep 11, 2020
● Among the highlights is a panel of California authors, including Cory Doctorow, Caribbean Fragoza (Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, City Lights), Viet Thanh Nguyen (The Committed, Grove), and Katherine Seligman (At the Edge of the Haight, Algonquin).
Carribean Fragoza reads "Lumberjack Mom"
Apr 5, 2016
On April 5, 2016, Nat. Brut and The Spectacle hosted a special offsite event during AWP 2016 called "All of Us Witches." Carribean Fragoza reads the short story "Lumberjack Mom," which will be included in her forthcoming debut collection Eat the Mouth That Feeds You.
"The Vicious Ladies" published by BOMB Magazine
Apr 1, 2014
"At the far end of the backyard, nestled in overgrown summer grass, the girls huddled around their private nitrous oxide tank. One at a time, they collapsed into the waiting arms of the other Ladies. The more experienced ones knew when to pull the colored balloon from their painted lips. A few seconds longer and a girl could have a much harder fall, like the stupid boys over there who mostly toppled over, smacking their teeth against the concrete patio floor, drooling and bleeding onto their mom-ironed shirts. The Vicious Ladies knew better and they took care of each other. Partying, they'd learned, was not only their business, it was also a way of life and they were going to do it right. . . . "