Published On: Wed, Feb 10th, 2016

The Miracle of Small Things – A novel in stories about silver linings in Curaçao

UntitledWILLEMSTAD - Mexican author Guilie Castillo Oriard’s The Miracle of Small Things (Truth Serum Press, August 2015) will be launched in Curaçao at Mensing's Caminada on Saturday February 13th at 4:00 pm.

The Miracle of Small Things tells the story of Mexican lawyer Luis Villalobos, lured to Curaçao with the promise of a fast track to the cusp of an already stellar career in tax planning. But then he sleeps with his boss, takes in a monster mongrel, loses corporate brownie points for insisting on doing the right thing, and discovers the paradise we expect is only very, very rarely the paradise we find.

Since its release in August last year, reader opinions have been enthusiastic:

The Miracle of Small Things is an ode to the stark contrasts and subtle beauty of island life.” — Lynne Hinkey, author of Marina Melee and Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons

“Curaçao is lovingly rendered, past and present, as a character itself — post-colonial, starkly beautiful, and captivating. You cannot read this book without checking airfares to Curaçao.” — John Wentworth Chapin, author of Alexandrite and founder of 52|250 A Year of Flash

“A richly enchanting story of lives and loves unfolding against the backdrop of the Caribbean.” — Silvia Villalobos, author of Stranger or Friend

Read more opinions, reviews at and the Internet Review of Books, or get a taste of Miracle.

author photo HRGuilie Castillo Oriard is a Mexican export herself; she transferred to Curaçao “for six months” — and, twelve years later, has yet to find a reason to leave. Her work has been published online and in print anthologies, including Pure Slush’s 2014 A Year In Stories (full list here.)

Besides reading choice excerpts from Miracle and signing books at the launch event, the author aims to start a conversation about some of the themes in Miracle: Are there two — or more — Curaçaos? Does this island project the same reality to everyone, local or immigrant, who lives here? Does anywhere? What impact does our sense of place have in how we define ourselves?

The book is available in paperback as well as e-formats (ePub, iBook, Kindle, etc.), and can be purchased at select bookstores in the United States. In Curaçao, it’s available exclusively at Mensing’s Caminada.

High-resolution images (book cover, launch event poster) can be viewed and downloaded here.

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