By Isabella Biedenharn
Updated February 23, 2015 at 07:29 PM EST

Much like Junot Díaz’s Drown, the stories in Chilean author Zambra’s collection are discrete tales that blend together with an impressive fluidity. Zambra’s characters, who have many of the same personal habits (smoking, listening to ’80s pop) and secret predilections (writing poetry, experimenting sexually), seem part of a big, fragmented novel. Through 11 stories, the author’s charming cast examines religion, soccer, relationships, and the lure of solitude—all from a distinctly Chilean perspective. But the view is also a youthful one, neatly capturing the puzzling process of trying to figure out who you really are. A–