Niki Aguirre is that rarest of writers, one who possesses an exuberant imagination, but who also casts a devastatingly sharp eye on human reality. --Laila Lalami, author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
Mixing the passion of autobiographical honesty with a mystical sense of universal magic, Niki Aguirre brings her literary world to vivid life. The characters haunt and intrigue... Her exquisite tales resonate long after the last page... --Courttia Newland; author of The Scholar, Society Within and Snakeskin
The territorial explorations of Aguirre are more Calvino than Theroux. In Aguirre's fiction, we discover a uniquely mature imagination sharing secrets, oaths, threats, platitudes, pleas, fables and warnings that could have emerged from Gogol, Borges, Paley, Carver or Singer. Aguirre's imagination is beautifully served by her technical virtuosity and lyrical precision which craft unforgettable characters, dialogue ranging from the tragically inarticulate to the magically illuminating, and narrative structures worthy of Poe, Kafka, Atwood or Nabokov. --Lauri Ramey, California State University, Los Angeles
About the Author
Niki Aguirre born in the United States to Ecuadorian parents and spent her childhood between Chicago and Guayaquil. She lived in Spain in her late teens and eventually moved to London where she resides with her husband. She studied English Literature at The University of Illinois and holds an MA in Creative Writing from The University of London. Twenty Nine Ways to Drown is her first collection of short fiction.