Spotlight on “Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil” by Ananda Lima

by LitStack Editor

Strange, intimate, haunted, and hungry—Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil is an intoxicating and surreal fiction debut by award-winning author Ananda Lima.

Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil and author Ananda Lima

About Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil

At a Halloween party in 1999, a writer slept with the devil. She sees him again and again throughout her life and she writes stories for him about things that are both impossible and true.

Lima lures readers into surreal pockets of the United States and Brazil where they’ll find bite-size Americans in vending machines and the ghosts of people who are not dead. Once there, she speaks to modern Brazilian-American immigrant experiences–of ambition, fear, longing, and belonging—and reveals the porousness of storytelling and of the places we call home.

With humor, an exquisite imagination, and a voice praised as “singular and wise and fresh” (Cathy Park Hong), Lima joins the literary lineage of Bulgakov and Lispector and the company of writers today like Ted Chiang, Carmen Maria Machado, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah.

Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil includes: “Rapture,” “Ghost Story,” “Tropicália,” “Antropógaga,” “Idle Hands,” “Rent,” “Porcelain,” “Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory,” and “Hasselblad.”

A great next read for fans of Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties and V. E. Schwab’s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.

Recommended reading by Chicago Review of Books, Electric Literature, The Kenyon Review, and more!

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ISBN: 9781250292971
Publisher: Tor Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/18/2024

Praise for Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil

In Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil, “…[h]ere is a collection of stories that not only delights in its ability to subvert the reader’s expectations but also leaves one haunted.”The Kenyon Review

“A perfect balance of humor, heart, and hauntedness…. I expect Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil to immediately put Lima in the company of writers like Carmen Maria Machado, Kelly Link, and Samanta Schweblin.”Chicago Review of Books (Most Anticipated)

“My only problem with this book is the title, [Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil] and that’s because I love it so much. Ananda Lima didn’t write these stories for the Devil, she wrote them for me! An absolutely thrilling reminder that short stories can be the best kind of magic, conjuring up not only the devil, but real emotion, real surprise, real strangeness.”—Kelly Link, author of The Book of Love

“Sophisticated and totally engrossing, Ananda Lima’s Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil is easily one of the most innovative works I’ve read in quite some time. Interlocked stories form a cohesive and unique vision in this haunting collection from an astounding new voice.”—Eric LaRocca, author of Things Have Gotten Worse Since We Last Spoke

“I was blown away by Ananda Lima’s Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil. Propulsive, uncanny, and expertly built, Craft unearths truths about fiction writing, the contemporary immigrant experience, and what it means to live a life of art, all in the clean, marvelous prose of a decorated poet.”—Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild

“Trippy, eerie, wry, and always profound, Lima achieves what most writers strive for, taking the reader on unexpected but always satisfying journeys while balancing the speculative and the real. Lima’s stories keep you thinking and reading. A gifted poet as well as a fiction writer, she knows how to create worlds that draw you in and leave you wanting more. By every measure, Craft: Stories I Wrote For the Devil, marks a wondrous fictional debut.”—John Keene, National Book Award-winning author of Punks: New and Selected Poems

“The stories in Ananda Lima’s incredible collection [Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil] do something nearly impossible. They open up surreal and strange worlds that somehow resonate within the private spaces of our own hearts. Lima’s writing, like the best works of literature, confronts the fear of putting words on the page and transcends that fear to make something truly wondrous.”—Kevin Wilson, New York Times bestselling author of Now Is Not the Time to Panic

Craft: Stories I Wrote for the Devil is a beautiful work of alchemy: strange and familiar, experimental and narrative, topical and timeless, heart wrenching and wickedly funny. No story is without an eye to the larger political world—from Reagan Halloween costumes to Americans dispensed from vending machines—and yet no story forgets the vulnerable human hearts that exist within that world, just trying to survive and care for one another, day after day. These stories weave a world entirely their own and beckon you to stay with the charm of Lima’s devil himself. I would have stayed forever.”—Gwen Kirby, author of Shit Cassandra Saw

“Ananda Lima spins us brilliant, resonant tales of people trying to make it through this absurd life. The stories in Craft: [Stories I Wrote For The Devil] amuse, entice, and entrap the reader with their devilish intimacy and beautiful prose.”—Vanessa Chan, author of The Storm We Made

“Devilish, divine, debut.”—Ms. Magazine

About Ananda Lima, Author of Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil

Craft: Stories I Wrote For The Devil
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Ananda Lima is a poet, translator, and fiction writer born in Brasília, Brazil, now living in Chicago, IL. She’s the author of the poetry collection Mother/land (Black Lawrence Press), winner of the Hudson Prize. Her work has appeared in The American Poetry Review,, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The Common, Witness, and elsewhere. She has been awarded the inaugural WIP Fellowship by Latinx-in-Publishing. She has an MA in Linguistics from UCLA and an MFA in Creative Writing in Fiction from Rutgers University, Newark. Craft: Stories I wrote for the Devil is her fiction debut.

You can find and follow Ananda Lima on their website, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads.

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