Eat the Mouth That Feeds You
Eat the Mouth That Feeds You





Review in "La Bloga"
Apr 13, 2021

"Eat the Mouth That Feeds You treats readers to gem after gem of interesting, provocative, impossible writing."—Michael Sedano, La Bloga


Books and Books, FL, presents Carribean Fragoza with Randa Jarrar
Apr 11, 2021

Carribean Fragoza, author of the debut short story collection Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, and Randa Jarrar, author of the new memoir Love is an Ex-Country, discuss their books with Vanessa Angelica Villareal . Event hosted by Books and Books in Coral Gables, Florida.


Alta presents Carribean Fragoza in conversation with Oscar Villalon
Apr 7, 2021

"LA Times" profile
Apr 5, 2021

"Eat the Mouth That Feeds You includes fantastical, intimate, strange and often supernatural stories set on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border about Latinas navigating a male-dominated world — and leaning on one another for support."—Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times


Excerpt on "LitHub"
Mar 26, 2021

"Tortillas Burning" published on LitHub!


Excerpt on "Electric Literature"
Mar 24, 2021

Excerpt published on Electric Literature, introduced by Brian Evenson.

"Fragoza is a keen observer of human nature, and one who understands the ways in which we are always already enmeshed in those dilemmas that we are pushed to make our own."—Brian Evenson


Q&A with PEN
Mar 25, 2021

 

"In my work and in my outlook in general, I always try to hold the darkness and tragedy of life together with light and vitality. It's also an integral part of Mexican culture to hold two oppositional forces at the same time—life and death. Our ancestors understood this and embraced death as an integral part of their philosophical and cosmological views."—Carribean Fragoza


Review in "The New York Times"
Mar 23, 2021

"Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is an accomplished debut with language that has the potential to affect the reader on a visceral level, a rare and significant achievement from a forceful new voice in American literature."—Kali Fajardo-Anstine, New York Times Book Review, and author of Sabrina and Corina


A profile of Carribean Fragoza in the Southern California News Group papers
Mar 23, 2021

"For many of us, growing up as children of immigrants, where our parents didn't know how to help us and they didn't understand the pathways to college, to having a career—what a career even meant—a lot of us really have to figure it out on our own."—Carribean Fragoza


Review in "Alta"
Mar 22, 2021

"Carribean Fragoza's debut collection, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You, artfully and graphically renders the various power centers and potentials that live inside a body. The nine works of short fiction here introduce a panoply of characters, many of them girls or women, who have, and often exert, special powers. They are, of course, also subject to the power of others, often men, and sometimes of otherworldly entities. How these characters negotiate power becomes a story with dark, iridescent wings, taking up habitat in the reader’s body. . . .  a work of power and a darkly brilliant talisman that enlarges in necessary ways the feminist, Latinx, and Chicanx canons."—Wendy Ortiz, Alta Magazine


Review in "Ploughshares"
Mar 19, 2021
"Mothers guard and whisper their ancestral heritage to their daughters, hitting up against a history of abusive men who break their own homes. The female body becomes the shield and scythe that challenges patriarchal threat; sometimes it bleeds and sometimes it resuscitates from male brutality. But almost always female characters in Fragoza's universe flex, chop, and levitate their way past men they no longer need. In ten tightly crafted stories, Fragoza presents a series of near-oral tradition narratives that lace vulnerability with strength and wounds with survival."—Michael Adam Carroll, Ploughshares

The Onion's AV Club looks forward to the publication of "Eat the Mouth That Feeds You"!
Mar 3, 2021

Starred Review in Kirkus Reviews
Mar 3, 2021

"This collection of visceral, often bone-chilling stories centers the liminal world of Latinos in Southern California while fraying reality at its edges. This slim volume's brevity belies its heavy punch, with a focus on each character's often violent yearning to exist on their own terms. The title story is unforgettable in its horror, with a young mother who allows herself to be physically consumed by her young daughter: 'She asks me things I don't know how to answer. She accuses me of things that don't make sense.' 'The Vicious Ladies' splays open the intricate, insidious inner politics of female gangs in Los Angeles, with the narrator a seemingly unwilling participant, a so-called 'smart' girl who was drawn into the Vicious Ladies' web in middle school and who has ideas beyond the parties and mini drug empire she continues to participate in. It is the Ladies’ leader, Samira, who exposes the narrator's double standards and the darkness of her true self. The crown jewel of the collection is 'Ini Y Fati,' in which Ini, a long-dead child, saves the life of Fátima, who's been struck by lightning, wanting a playmate to alleviate her immortal boredom. The girls' innocent fun turns foreboding as Ini slowly reveals her history, rooted in patriarchal violence, to Fati, who begins to notice sharp glimmers of that same darkness in her own home. At times utterly fantastical but deeply rooted in lived experience, these stories will reach a hand inside and yank out your insides—in the best way. Full of horror and wonder."Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review*


Books Are Magic looks forward to "Eat the Mouth That Feeds You"
Jan 13, 2021

"I've read nothing but good things about this short gothic fiction collection, which centers around Latinx women characters and deals with themes of motherhood, desire, violence, family curses and more. Surreal, sharp, and soulful, this one promises to leave marks in all those who read it. As someone who loves a healthy mix of tenderness, fabulism, and brutality in my short stories—and who adored Sabrina & Corina—I'm positive this will be a fave of mine for 2021!" –Serena Morales, Books Are Magic, Brooklyn, NY


Excerpt on "Zyzzyva"
Feb 9, 2021

Zyzzyva features "Ini y Fati" from Eat the Mouth That Feeds You on their subscriber-based studio.


Remezcla: "Add These 10 Latine-Authored Books to Your 2021 Reading List"
Feb 2, 2021

"In a short story collection as fierce and strange as the title might indicate, Fragoza brings to life the wants and worries of a chorus of Latina and Chicanas in the kind of magical-realist-gone-dark way that's come to reflect the realities of life along the border. A daughter takes bites out of her mother, a mother takes an axe to everything in her house, and 'Sabado Gigante' goes from mindless weekend TV to a chance to escape everything in this haunting and strange collection."—Alejandra Oliva, Remezcla


"Colorlines Reads: Books for a New Year & New You"
Feb 2, 2021

"Carribean Fragoza's Eat the Mouth That Feeds You uplifts Latina and immigrant women protagonists who confront the culmination of historic and machismo violence."—Catherine Lisette Gonzalez, Colorlines


Foreword -- *Starred Review
Mar 21, 2021

"Fierce and feminist, Eat the Mouth That Feeds You is a soul-quaking literary force."—Dontaná McPherson-Joseph, The Foreword


"2021 Books We Can't Wait to Read" -- Feminist Press
Jan 26, 2021

Feminist Press staffer Lauren is excited about the release of 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.

Carribean 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. . . . "