Yushimito’s short stories were first published in a limited edition titled El mago (2004). His second collection of short stories, Las islas (2006), was warmly received by the critics. His stories, set in favelas and sertões, are inspired by Brazil, though he has never been there. Fleeing from his native Peru like his paternal grandfather before him, he moved to the United States in 2008 to study at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Currently, he lives in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is working on a doctorate at Brown University. There, in libraries and between seminars, he is finishing his first novel. His other books, Madureira sabe (2007) and Equis (2009), have brought together more stories, some of which have been translated into French and Portuguese. 'Seltz' is a new story.