“The Miracle of Small Things” by Guilie Castillo-Oriard kicks off the series.
“There’s no stillness like the stillness of Curacao on New Year’s Day. Pointless tropical sun on deserted asphalt, every business shuttered, everything forlorn… to Luis Villalobos it feels like the cold shoulder of the world.”
The story drops us into the personal mystery of Luis Villalobos, who has apparently made the career-killing mistake of sleeping with his boss at the New Year’s Eve party. We catch up with him during his walk of shame (well, drive of shame) as he slugs his way home, while lamenting that he’s going to have to return to Momma after this. Insult to injury comes in the form of discovering that he’s left his keys on the bedroom floor (not his, but the boss’) and must retrieve a spare from bougainvillea by the pool. Only there’s a monster in the backyard, wouldn’t you know.
The spare, clean prose and very personal perspective pulled me in so well that I did not want the story to end. The ending, when it did arrive, was absolutely perfect, resolving what I wanted resolved here, and opening the door for the next installment of this fascinating tale (February 1).
A wonderful way to kick things off. What do you think?