The Guns in the Closet
Publication Date: 1996
Bind: Trade Paperback
About The Book
There is no better metaphor for the tension created by fear and misunderstanding of Hispanics and other minorities in the United States than “guns in the closet.” Jose Yglesias’ first and only collection of stories reminds the reader that the gap between works and deeds mirrors the relationship of literature and life. Forever entertaining and inviting, Jose Yglesias is as humane and humorous as ever in these narratives that were published in The New Yorker and other leading magazines over the course of the last twenty years.
Ever the observant journalist and effortless storyteller, Yglesias takes us from the political event to the very heartbeat of the people creating news and culture. Before us unfolds human comedy, in all of its splendor, pitfalls and contradictions. Urbane, ironic, witty and extremely original, these stories are classic Jose Yglesias.
“Yglesias was an accomplished novelist who…used the story form mainly to explore in miniature the themse that supported the core graceful architecture of his novels.”—-Kirkus Reviews
The fiction of Jose Yglesias (1919-1995) includes the novels Tristan and the Hispanics (Arte Público Press, 2003), Home Again (Arte Público Press, 2002), Double Double (Arte Público Press, 2000), The Truth About Them (Arte Público Press, 1999), Break-In (Arte Público Press, 1996), The Old Gents (Arte Público Press, 1996), and the short story collection The Guns in the Closet (Arte Público Press, 1996). His writing appeared in such magazines as The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Atlantic, and he authored several acclaimed non-fiction works such as The Goodbye Land (Pantheon Books, 1967).