"Kevin muttered something. They weren’t really words. They could best be described as feelings turned into blobs of sound." John Updike meets Junot Diaz in this off-beat love story by a bold young talent in American fiction. A teenage boy delivering meals in a hospital develops a fascination with a mysterious older coworker, an immigrant from Central America who tolerates the young man’s awkward attentions because he reminds her of her faraway brother. Lozada-Oliva juxtaposes cultures and narrative voices in this masterful, laugh-out-loud (but also so not) short story that will leave you wanting more and soon. Lozada-Oliva was born in Boston to parents who met in an English as Second Language class. She studies English and Journalism at Simmons College in Boston. This is her first published work.