Told From the Hips

Short Stories

Fiction - Womens
128 Pages
Reviewed on 01/30/2016
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Author Biography

Andrea Maluenda de Amosson was born in Antofagasta, Chile. She studied journalism at the Catholic University in Antofagasta, and completed graduate studies in Hispano-American and Chilean Literature from University of Chile. She received a Creative Writing scholarship from University Complutense of Madrid, Spain, in 2005.

Andrea has lived in Dallas, Texas with her family since 2011, she is the mother of two little boys.  She teaches a weekly creative writing class, the only one in Spanish language in the Dallas area, and she has founded a free, Spanish only, book club for the Hispanic population. The book club now has more than 30 members and celebrated it’s 2nd anniversary last October. She is also the founder of “La farmacia de la Ñ”, a literary group of Hispanic writers and poets of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, that offers free public literary events to the Hispanic population, in order to promote reading and writing; and to open space to share the Latin-American culture.

Andrea has won several awards and contests for her writing. Most notably, she won 1st place People's Choice for her short story Maria Kawésqar in a literary contest organized by La Nota Latina magazine, the Hispanic Heritage Literature Organization, and the International association of Hispanic authors and poets in Miami, FL.

Told from the Hips was published by Nowadays Orange Productions in January 2015. It is the English translation of Cuentos Encaderados.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stefan Vucak for Readers' Favorite

When I started reading Copenhagen, the first story in Told From the Hips, a collection of short stories by Andrea Amosson, I was immediately drawn into the emotional turmoil of its character. A bicycle ride through the old city to visit a Chilean flea market provided a glimpse of a homeland far away, and I could relate to how it felt being in a foreign country. This was not a straightforward tale, requiring me to review my own emotions and experiences. I knew right then that Andrea Amosson has offered something unusual. With Cover Story, a rising investigative reporter publishes a hit story, only to be fired because the lead picture is showing the managing editor’s lover. I could sympathize, having to battle office politics myself. The other stories in the collection require a lot more thinking from the reader, and not all are satisfying, some lacking conclusion and closure. However, all of them stir the reader’s preconceptions, often in a surprising way, which I guess was the intention.

Told From the Hips challenges, puzzles, and bemuses the reader, told by Andrea Amosson in a flowing style that cannot be resisted. It is a quirky assembly of windows through which the reader gets glimpses into the often harsh lives of characters trapped by circumstances beyond their control. It takes work to understand some of the stories, and others will leave you shaking your head. Andrea Amosson’s writing takes the reader into situations where one does not necessarily want to go, the journey leaving you in thoughtful introspection. Told From the Hips is worth persisting with.