The Miniature Wife and Other Stories

*Winner of the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Critical Praise for THE MINIATURE WIFE:

"In the middle of Manuel Gonzales's lucid and confident first collection of stories, 'The Miniature Wife,' he tells a tale from the point of view of a half-human, half-zombie with conflicting urges. It's one of the strongest (and funniest) in the collection, no small feat in our zombie-saturated cultural landscape."

"The fake journalism is fun to read - it's such a vibrant literary form these days...Ben Marcus carves out territory here, as do Roberto Bolano and Jesse Ball, and Gonzales fits right in."

"Because his prose is never sloppy and his rhythm is impeccable, Gonzales's sentences unfold with unusual smoothness."

"These stories showcase an exciting new voice. Gonzales's concerns are as real as can be, but his comfort in different lexicons, and weirdnesses, all as ways to shape very human dilemmas, is strong."

"When the bedlam of the moment is allowed to spill into the incredible sureness of the prose, these stories ring and resound."

"It's easy to compare Manuel Gonzales to George Saunders, but it would be just as easy to compare him to Borges or Marquez or Aimee Bender..."

The Toronto Star
"Outright hilarious...with intelligence and versatility."

The New York Times

John Williams, The New York Times
"Shot through with outlandish events relayed in an understated tone."

Michael Lindgren, The Washington Post
"Hilarious and chilling . . . a superior collection of writing and a signpost of an emerging talent with a strong and distinctive voice."

LA Times
"Manuel Gonzales has an imagination that's as expansive and open as a Texas prairie...[An] entertaining romp through all sorts of implausible situations rendered with meticulous pseudo-realism."

Shawn Badgley, The Austin Chronicle
"Piling up comparisons to such debuts as George Saunders' CivilWarLand in Bad Decline and Donald Barthelme's Come Back, Dr. Caligari, the collection is a triumph of the form, a series of lucid dreams induces by what Wells Tower calls a 'Borgesian inventiveness' in describing his former classmate's work, and what I would say is more of a warped Chekhovian charm, at once grim and exhilarating...Gonzales' command of genre and his defiance of convention ripple throughout."

Jenny Shank, Dallas Morning News
"Many of the stories are written in a style of philosophical digressiveness that brings to mind a very different writer, David Foster Wallace...but enough comparisons to other writers - The Miniature Wife demonstrates that Manuel Gonzales is his own weird, imaginative, witty self. Any story by him is going to take the reader on a ride through a new world that is eerily like our own, yet full of the unexpected."

Joe O'Connell, Austin American Statesman
"On the surface it's a fun grab bag of magical realism worth reading just for the author's deft prose and sleight of hand. It's indeed a rollicking genre-infused thrill ride, but there's much more lurking here for the discerning reader to chew on (zombie pun intended)."

Claiborne Smith, Kirkus (feature profile)
"Gonzales' stories are funny, confident, weird, inquisitive and inviting; he doesn't traffic in surrealism just for surrealism's sake. He's more invested in creating a coherent way for readers to think about his characters and the decisions they make."

Manoli Kouremetis, Time Out New York (rated 5/5 stars)
"The surprising oddities in this debut author's short stories reveal wholly relatable consequences...Like Vonnegut, [Gonzales] uses the supernatural as a means to an end."

Marie Claire
"Like a shiny new toy: Gonzales' voice is so new and different and dazzling that you won't be able to put down his book."

Entertainment Weekly
"Is there a term for something that's sad, funny, and strange all at once? Sunge? Frad? Because that would describe this imaginative debut perfectly."

Publishers Weekly,  starred review , "Best New Book of the Week"
"With commendable skill, Gonzales seamlessly blends the real and the fantastic, resulting in a fun and provocative collection... A surprising, delightful, and slyly didactic debut."

"Delightfully eerie tales from the dark side."

Jonathan Fullmer, Booklist
"...[A] fascinating collection, Gonzales expresses empathy and demonstrates an impressive knack for violent humor, disturbing satire, and genre-infused literary fiction."

"Powerful and mind-blowing."

Manjula Martin, Black Balloon Publishing
"Gonzales' work is packed with fantastical trappings...Gonzales is the type of author that makes me want to try, more, right now."

Cate McGehee, The Stranger
"Important, relevant, and tangible."

Named one of "10 New Must-Reads For January."

The Daily Beast
Named a "Hot Read of the Week."

Texas Monthly
Named one of the "Five Things You'll Be Talking About in January."

Gonzales gave an in-depth interview to Krys Boyd on the popular program "Think."

Literary Praise for THE MINIATURE WIFE:

Dinaw Mengestu, author of How to Read the Air
"Manuel Gonzales's The Miniature Wife is a marvel-a beautiful, hilarious and moving reinvention of the gothic, a testimony to the sublime powers of the imagination and language. This a book of extraordinary joy, compassion, horror and grace all rolled into one."

Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
"You know that feeling you get when you pick up a book and realize you are hearing a voice you have never heard before but will be hearing for a long time? I had that feeling on page 5. Please pick up this book - you will have that feeling. Dark, smart and strange in a way initially had me grasping for comparison but ultimately revealed itself to be something new."

Wells Tower, author of Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned
"The stories in The Miniature Wife are wrought with forceful clarity, Borgesian inventiveness and enchanting, devious wit-an unforgettable debut from a uniquely gifted writer."

Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief
"Manuel Gonzales's The Miniature Wife has everything you could ask for in a collection, and even things you hadn't thought to ask for, but secretly wanted: unicorns, mobsters, swamp monsters and werewolves. Gonzales weaves the supernatural into the lives of everyday citizens, from anthropologists to airline passengers, and the result is pure magic mixed with humor and deep humanity."

The Regional Office is Under Attack


"Holy sh*t. Manuel Gonzales has delivered to the world a ridiculously fun novel about (no kidding) a regional office that is, well, under attack. This knockout story will break your hearts and blow your minds."
Hannah Pittard, author of The Fates Will Find Their Way

"Delightfully weird, weirdly delightful! Manuel Gonzales clearly has a labyrinth of a brain--all stuffed with monsters, trapdoors, and complicated heroes. Sign me up as a member of the fan club, please."
Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble and Magic for Beginners

"The Regional Office is Under Attack! distracts you with addictive, breathless action sequences before leg-sweeping you with emotional resonance. It heralds the arrival of two complicated, desperately-needed heroines, and a just-as-needed insightful, hilarious literary luminary. Pure literary fun."
Marie-Helene Bertino, author of 2 A.M. at The Cat's Pajamas

"The Regional Office really IS under attack! This is not metaphor! It is a wry and propulsive work of inventive fiction by a terrific young writer! Read it!"
Jess Walter, New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins

"The Regional Office is Under Attack! is wickedly subversive, suspenseful, and thoughtful, all at once-but most of all, it's just fun to read, from the first sentence to the last. Put down your expectations and pick up this book. It'll hit you like a lightning bolt."
Jess Row, author of Your Face in Mine

"Wild, visionary, ablaze with heart and riot, The Regional Office is Under Attack! is unforgettable-an epic love story that confronts our future with a howl and fireworks."
Paul Yoon, author of Snow Hunters

"The Regional Office, a shadowy organization of spooky oracles and superpowered middle management misfits, isn't the only thing under attack in this tremendous debut novel. With exuberant prose and a corkscrew plot, Manuel Gonzales vanquishes artistic orthodoxies, tiresome genre boundaries and every humdrum narrative convention in sight, leaving in his wake a riveting story of secrets, betrayals, and vengeance!"
Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Battleborn and Gold Fame Citrus

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