Last Updated on November 3, 2023 by BiblioLifestyle
A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens by Raul Palma
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A Babalawo is asked to cleanse and rid his debt collector’s home of spirits before Noche Buena, and in exchange, he will forgive his debt. In this episode, I chat with author Raul Palma about his debut novel “A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens,” and we take a deep dive into the supernatural and the issue of personal debt. Palma offers an insightful analysis of Hugo’s personality and the transformation of Miami and its influence on Palma’s writing. Plus, we also get some great book recommendations and a sneak peek into his current projects.
BOOKS MENTIONED DURING THE SHOW
BOOKS READ, LOVED, AND WOULD NOW RECOMMEND
- One Brilliant Flame by Joy Castro (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Vanishing Maps by Cristina García (Amazon or Bookshop)
- Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien (Amazon or Bookshop)
- The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Amazon or Bookshop)
BOOKS ON THE TBR
ABOUT RAUL PALMA
Raul Palma is a second-generation Cuban American born and raised in Miami. His short story collection In This World of Ultraviolet Light won the 2021 Don Belton Prize. His writing has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, and elsewhere. He teaches fiction at Ithaca College, where he is the associate dean of faculty in Ithaca College’s School of Humanities and Sciences. A Haunting in Hialeah Gardens is his debut novel.