The kudos keep coming in for Monstress, the  debut collection of short stories by Professor Lysley Tenorio, who teaches in the MFA in Creative Writing program.

San Francisco Magazine named it as one of the best Bay Area books of 2012, the Chronicle named it one of the best books of the year, the San Jose Mercury News called it one of the top 10 fiction books of 2012, and the Los Angeles Public Library's put it on its Best Books of 2012 list.

It was also on Slate magazine’s list of “20 great books you never heard about—but should’ve.” Guest reviewer Katy Waldman called it “a jittery, caffeinated, dazzling collection with a poignant center.”

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