"Santa Rita de los Imposibles"
Flash Nonfiction, “Santa Rita de los Imposibles” (an excerpt from Dead Boys, the nonfiction novella that won the 2015 PEN/Fusion Award). Excerpt released October 30th, 2015 as a part of the Guernica/PEN Flash Series.
UPDATE: Happy to announce that “Santa Rita de los Imposibles” was also featured in issue #19 of PEN America Journal.
“No, no,” my mother continued her correction. “Pablo Angel died in Colombian blue-jeans.” She said this in English so that my grandma wouldn’t know I saw the dead boy on the street.
“But,” I whispered back to Mom, “he wanted to die in American pants, he chose what to him was an American brand, he wanted to die in Diesel jeans.”
“I don’t think that he thought about it. Guys don’t think. Guys do the strangest thing, it’s what makes us all guys.”
She meant people, as in, People don’t think. My mother calls all groups of people “guys.”
Flash [non]fiction by Adriana E. Ramírez, winner of the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in the Guernica/PEN Flash Series.
From Danniel Schoonebeek writing for the Poetry Foundation:
“Santa Rita de los Imposibles,” a short [non]fiction by Adriana E. Ramírez, is one of those rare pieces of writing for me that cancels all the noise outside of it. “He chose to die in American pants,” what an opening sentence. And Adriana won the inaugural PEN Emerging Writers Prize. I’m very much looking forward to her book Dead Boys.