Katie Gutierrez has an MFA from Texas State University, and her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper's Bazaar, the Washington Post, Longreads, Texas Monthly, and more. She is represented by Hillary Jacobson at ICM Partners, and her debut novel, MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW, will be published by William Morrow U.S./Penguin Michael Joseph U.K. in 2022. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, and can usually be found trying to get her kids to nap.

Con Suerte He Will Sleep Another Hour | Katie Gutierrez Collins

Marilinda Guzman was eighty-two years old, and the things her mother had never told her could fill the condo building that rose like a tall, sharp-elbowed gringa across the street from her own little house. Marilinda, her mother had never said, arranging the yellowed lace mantilla around Marilinda’s wedding-day face, you will be happy with Roberto. Her mother had never curved a cool hand around Marilinda’s cheek and promised, Mijita, your life will be swollen with love. Neither had she revealed, in solemn, confidential tones, Marilinda, on the fourth day the moretónes become bright as flower pollen, and that’s when you will be able to cover them the easiest with makeup.

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