IN-STORE - Marcela Fuentes - MALAS

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 - 6:30pm
Brazos Bookstore --
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005-1451


A story full of passion and revenge, following one family living on the Texas Mexico border and a curse that reverberates across generations--"Fuentes has achieved something rare and indelible with this story of complex women.” (Erika L. Sánchez)

In 1951, a mysterious old woman confronts Pilar Aguirre in the small border town of La Cienega, Texas. The old woman is sure Pilar stole her husband and, in a heated outburst, lays a curse on Pilar and her family.

More than forty years later, Lulu Muñoz is dodging chaos at every turn: her troubled father’s moods, his rules, her secret life as singer in a punk band, but most of all her upcoming quinceañera. When her beloved grandmother passes away, Lulu finds herself drawn to the glamorous stranger who crashed the funeral and who lives alone and shunned on the edge of town.

Their unexpected kinship picks at the secrets of Lulu’s family’s past. As the quinceañera looms—and we move between these two strong, irascible female voices—one woman must make peace with the past, and one girl pushes to embrace her future.

Rich with cinematic details—from dusty rodeos to the excitement of a Selena concert and the comfort of conjunto ballads played at family gatherings—this memorable debut is a love letter to the Tejano culture and community that sustain both of these women as they discover what family means.

MALAS is the Good Morning America Book Club pick for June!


Marcela Fuentes is a Pushcart Prize-winning fiction writer and essayist. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was the 2016-2017 James C. McCreight Fiction Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her work has appeared in the Indiana Review, The Rumpus, Texas Highways Magazine, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, and other journals. Her debut novel MALAS (June 2024) and linked story collection MY HEART HAS MORE ROOMS THAN A WHOREHOUSE are forthcoming from Viking Books. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas.


Born in small-town Oklahoma, Indian-American essayist Kirtan Nautiyal is now a practicing hematologist and oncologist near Houston, TX, where he lives with his wife and dog. His writing has been supported by the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, the Ucross Foundation, and Millay Arts, and has been published in Guernica, Electric Literature, Crazyhorse, The Southern Review, Boulevard, and McSweeney's Internet Tendency. His work has been featured in popular venues such as Longreads, Longform, and the Memoir Monday newsletter and recognized as notable on multiple occasions by the Best American Essays series. “Gettysburg”, initially published in Guernica, appears in the recent anthology South to South: Writing South Asia in the American South published last year by the Texas Review Press. He is currently at work on a memoir-in-essays about his search for home.








Malas: A Novel By Marcela Fuentes Cover Image
ISBN: 9780593655788
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Viking - June 4th, 2024