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The People Who Report More Stress Alejandro Varela

The People Who Report More Stress By Alejandro Varela

The People Who Report More Stress by Alejandro Varela

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A collection of connected stories examinng issues of parenting, systemic and interpersonal racism, and class conflict in gentrified Brooklyn.

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The People Who Report More Stress: Stories by Alejandro Varela

A collection of connected stories examinng issues of parenting, systemic and interpersonal racism, and class conflict in gentrified Brooklyn. The People Who Report More Stress is a collection of interconnected stories about a man named Eduardo. A deeply introspective, class-jumping, gay, Latinx public health advocate living in Brooklyn, Eduardo is all too aware of the stress that both hierarchy and capitalism are taking on his body. In The Six Times of Alan, a brown-skinned parent of an adopted child with a deeper brown shade of skin finds himself in a dilemma-what to do about a simple conflict between his kid and the white child of another parent at the park who has framed his son as a menace. In Midtown-West Side Story, Aacute lvaro, a restaurant worker struggling to support his family, begins selling high-end designer clothes to his co-workers, friends, neighbors, and the restaurant's regulars that he gets at warehouse prices out of a Hoboken basement from his shady friend, known only as El Flaco. Speaking to issues of parenting, systemic and interpersonal racism, and class conflict, Alejandro Varela deftly and poignantly expresses the frustration of knowing the problems and solutions to our society's inequities, but not being able to do anything about them.

The People Who Report More Stress Reviews

The People Who Report More Stress blends humor and social commentary with the thing that drives the best fiction: an honest and vulnerable exploration of messy human relationships. Fans of Varela's first novel, as well as newcomers to his work, will find a lot to love in this collection.
-Laura Sackton, BookPage

Varela's stories are provocative and witty; while eliciting chuckles they also dispense uncomfortable truths that everyone thinks about but won't address out loud.
-Andrienne Cruz, Booklist

A searing collection about gentrification, racism, and sexuality. [. . .] Varela provides invaluable insight on the ways stress impacts the characters' lives, and how they persevere. Readers will be floored.
-Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The prose shines throughout, with razor-sharp specificity about human nature and an entrancing rhythm . . . the collection shows a writer of impressive imagination continuing to deepen his craft.
-Kirkus Reviews

Alejandro Varela's book perfectly captures the stories of the frustration of people who see the inequities in society fully knowing that there isn't much they can do to sway the needle forward.
-Mirtle Pena-Calderon, People en Espanol

No one writes fiction that is incisive, socially conscious, and funny as well as Varela, and I'm happy to read anything he publishes.
-David Vogel, BuzzFeed

Varela has written a collection that is mordant, tender, and hilariously self-critical. These stories navigate the myriad creases between lust and longing, love and proprietorship, without resorting to sanctimony. This is an incredible feat of wry sincerity.
-Zain Khalid, author of Brother Alive

The stories in The People Who Report More Stress are sharply observant and tenderly irreverent. Varela beautifully captures the anxieties of both structural limitation and possibility itself, examining how people choose from among the many lives they might lead, and how frequently even as they move away from their origins, characters encounter familiar obstacles that demand they carry the weight of history. This is a smart and gorgeous collection.
-Danielle Evans, author of The Office of Historical Corrections

Alejandro Varela is one of my favorite short story writers, and has been for years. Time after time, the mix of curiosity, humor and care in these stories reminds me of the parts of my life no one else writing currently describes. An iconoclast of tenderness, a compass in the storm this life always is.
-Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alejandro Varela's The People Who Report More Stress effortlessly walks the line between humor and grief to create a portrait of modern queer life that is at once absurd and deeply sincere. These stories capture the small, lonely moments of everyday life, the rejections and misunderstandings and longings that make up great fiction. Varela can do anything.
-Isle McElroy, author of The Atmospherians and People Collide

In The People Who Report More Stress, Alejandro Varela cracks the veneer of gay domesticity to reveal the intricacies of anxiety and lust, bewilderment and promise, shelter and placelessness in everyday urban life. In linked stories driven by frenzied interior monologue and roving analytical glee, Varela pivots from the rules of bathroom cruising to the legacies of colonialism in international relations, the hustle of selling bootleg designer clothes to the racial hierarchies of Brooklyn gentrification. Moving deftly between satire and hyperrealism, comic excess and mundane pathos, The People Who Report More Stress dissects the minutiae of relationships to self, city, space, and sensibility so we don't numbly succumb to the 'structured order of things.'
-Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, author of The Freezer Door

Brilliant, layered, funny, and so insightful about the way communities, like hearts, are made and unmade. Alejandro Varela is a marvel.
-Justin Torres, author of We the Animals

I've spent much of 2022 happily throwing people copies of The Town of Babylon and looks like I'll be spending 2023 doing the same with Varela's The People Who Report More Stress. This collection is full of vivid characters who resemble many people in my own life. These stories are funny, insightful and are, at times, cheeky AF! You can't help but relish in them.
-Rosa Hernandez, Marketing Manager, Third Place Books

About Alejandro Varela

Alejandro Varela (he/him) is based in New York. His work has appeared in The Point magazine, Boston Review, Harper's Magazine, The Rumpus, Joyland Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The Offing, Blunderbuss Magazine, Pariahs (an anthology, SFA Press, 2016), the Southampton Review, and The New Republic. He is a 2019 Jerome Fellow in Literature and his graduate studies were in public health. His first novel, The Town of Babylon, was published by Astra House in 2022.

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The People Who Report More Stress: Stories by Alejandro Varela
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