Alaska, a collection of stories winner of the 2006 First National Short Story Prize from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture.
~ Guild Literary Complex
The Author: Rafael F. Franco Steeves has worked as a journalist, photographer and screenplay writer; experiences which helped him obtain a variety of views about past and current world issues.
My Story with: I was introduced to Alaska by a visit from the author to our website. He was candid enough to leave a comment with the information regarding his books. Alaska can be considered his second book, but it was released only months after his novel (El Peor de mis Amigos). As always I did my research and decided to go for this group of short stories instead. Also, I found his author’s page (Spanish) at En la Orilla; a website about current Puerto Rican literature.
My View: The book has a total of nine short stories, plus one he describes as a short story trying to be a Novella. The book has received various writing awards due to its literary merit. It has a combination of modern language, everyday colloquial and Puerto Rican lingo. It is directed to a more mature audience that has experience life and will relate to the characters as normal working creatures. The settings are describe in order to transport the reader to the area and experience the weather and its surroundings.
Who should read it: Everyone wanting to learn more about the situation of foreigners in Alaska and those just wanting to read about stories taking place in the last frontier.
The Giveaway: You will have the opportunity to win a copy of the book in Spanish.
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