The ten stories in this debut collection are steeped in equal parts magic realism and gritty worlds, where shaman parade alongside lovesick film buffs, papers and humans fly at will and intellectual and professional quests lead to self-destruction. Whether it is a fourteen-year-old boy attempting to capture time, a seed distributor trapping an errant lover with a pre-Columbian artefact or a woman trying to drown herself in a water aerobics class, the stories in 29 Ways to Drown will grip by the sheer absurdity of the inevitable truths they unravel.
“Aguirre has an amazing imagination. Each story is individual and thought provoking. This collection of tales is perfect bedtime fodder.” The Sun
“Niki Aguirre doesn’t need to be compared with anyone. She has her own voice, and it’s a great one for a short story writer.” The Short Review
“Aguirre breathes new energy into the short story, with a dark originality…” Jennifer Kabat, feditor of The Face, Arena, and ID magazine