From an incredible new talent come ten stories that fizz with the irreverence of ZZ Packer, the time-bending antics of Borges, the layered mystery of Alice Munro and whiffs of Marquez's surrealism. Influenced by a Latin American literary tradition steeped in magic realism, but embracing a personal history that has included living in Chicago, Cadiz, Guayaquil and London, Niki Aguirre's fiction conveys a gritty, often scientifically-sophisticated, world with a haze of surrealism: shamans parade the pages side-by-side with lovesick film buffs, papers and humans fly at will, and intellectual and professional quests lead to self-destruction. Whether it's a boy trapped at age fourteen after a botched attempt to capture time in a capsule, an organic seed distributor entrapping an errant lover with a replica pre-Columbian Aztec artifact bought in Chicago, or a woman attempting to drown herself in a water aerobics class in London, the stories in 29 Ways to Drown grip by their absolute logic and the sheer absurdity of the inevitable truths they attempt to unravel. Latin America has always had its literary fiction heroes, but not many have come from Ecuador; based on the quality of Niki Aguirre's assured début, it has been worth the wait.
NIKI AGUIRRE is a London based fiction writer. She was born in the United States and has lived in Ecuador, Spain and the UK. She studied English Literature at the University of Illinois and holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of London.
Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Tell Tales, LITRO and Pen International Magazine.
TERMINAL ROMANCE is Aguirre's second collection of short fiction.
Please visit www.nikiaguirre.com for more information.