Fajardo will force you to question whether the memories you have are real and whether or not that matters, or if, ultimately, it is up to each of us to decide what portrait to paint for our own lives.
What If a Fish is slated for publication summer 2020 from Simon & Schuster
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The Scene As I Imagined It. (2016). Red Bird Chapbooks.
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Lemon. Los Angeles Review of Books. (Spring, 2016).
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Hercules and His 12 Labors: A Mythological Adventure. (2016). Capstone Press.
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What Didn't Happen. Dos Passos Review, 7 (2). p. 30-34. (2011).
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Confession. Love & Profanity. (Capstone Press, 2014)
The Dish on Food and Farming in Colonial America. Capstone. 2011.
Among the 77 nonfiction pieces collected here, the personal tales by Anika Fajardo, Dinty W. Moore, Jim Krusoe, and Tod Goldberg best emulate the short-fiction strategy of hooking readers right away, building suspense, and finishing with a satisfying payoff.
In each story, friendships and family moments possess an authenticity that transcends race, culture, and state borders, making it accessible to readers across the country. Contributors include Swati Avasti, Joyce Sidman, Shannon Gibney, Kristin Cronn-Mills, and Anika Fajardo, among others.