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Day of All Saints

Novella

Patricia Grace King

November 2017. ISBN 978-1-881163-62-6

Winner of the 2017 Novella Prize

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Martín Silva de Choc,
childhood survivor of an army
massacre during the Guatemalan
civil war, and now a language
school teacher in Guatemala City,
falls in love with his American
student, Abby, and follows her home to Chicago on a fiancé visa. Days before their wedding, however, Abby goes missing, and
on a Halloween afternoon Martín
embarks on a search that leads from the ghost-strewn yards of Chicago’s North Side to the Lincoln Park Conservatory—and ultimately back to his violent past. A story about repressed secrets and the limits of love, Day of All Saint traces the effects of historical trauma on individual lives.



Reviews & Such

"Patricia Grace King’s debut novella Day of All Saints succeeds not only in brevity of form but is also so well written, so compassionate in portraying survival in such violent times that it is hard to put down. So much can be said about the Guatemalan civil war and how it impacted both the public and private spheres, and King reminds us anew with such lyricism, that the reader can withstand the brutality. She brings the story much closer to home, Chicago, much closer to love, and the main protagonist Martín must overcome the trauma and guilt of survival. Love may not be successful for him, but at least it’s a beginning and King is asking us: if we can’t call that beginning a small act of redemption, then what is?" 
—Helena María Viramontes, author of Their Dogs Came with Them and Under the Feet of Jesus

"A haunted hero. His missing bride. Ghosts everywhere. In this elegantly-structured, suspenseful, and affecting novella, Patricia Grace King displays her great gifts as a writer: sharp prose, vivid setting across two cultures, and a profound empathy for the dispossessed, the forgotten, and the dreamers."
—Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love

"Day of All Saints is a gripping and beautifully written tale of war and its aftermath. In this
searing story, Patricia Grace King examines not only the human toll of Guatemala’s civil war, but also the costs of facing—and of failing to face—the ghosts that haunt us."
—Judith Claire Mitchell, author of A Reunion of Ghosts and The Last Day of the War

"In Day of All Saints Patricia Grace King has crafted a heartbreaking, sensual tale, steeped in the rich details and characters of Guatemala, a part of the world rarely visited in North American writing."—Patricia Henley, author of Other Heartbreaks: stories and Hummingbird House

About the Author

Patricia Grace King grew up in North Carolina and has since lived in Atlanta, Chicago, and Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, as well as in Spain, Guatemala, and the UK. She is the author of two chapbooks, Rubia (The Florida Review) and The Death of Carrie Bradshaw (Kore Press); her short stories have been published by Ploughshares, The Gettysburg Review, Narrative Magazine, and Nimrod. She was the 2013-2014 Carol Houck Smith Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and now lives in Durham, England, where she is finishing a novel as well as a story collection, and writes the biweekly blog, Wuthering Yankee.