Author of a Kirkus Best Book of 2017 The Closest I've Come
& the recent The New David Espinoza
Heart-wrenching, funny, hopeful, and not-to-be-missed.
[A] memorable, hard-hitting portrait of a teenager trying to shape his own destiny after being
dealt a difficult hand.
The Closest I've Come is an unflinching portrayal of boyhood and the seemingly impossible circumstances so many young people face.
(Bestselling author of The Poet X and With the Fire On High)
Fred Aceves is the author of The Closest I’ve Come, which was a Kirkus Best Book of 2017, and The New David Espinoza, which came out in February of this year.
He was born in New York to a Mexican father, and a Dominican mother, which makes him 100% Mexican, 100% Dominican, and 100% American. He spent most of his youth in Southern California and Tampa, Florida, where he lived in a poor, working class neighborhood like the one described in The Closest I’ve Come.
At the age of 21 he started traveling around the world, living in Chicago, New York, The Czech Republic, France, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico. Among other jobs, he has worked as a delivery driver, server, cook, car salesman, freelance editor, and teacher of English as a second language.
Apart from writing and editing, he now works as a speaker and runs creative writing workshops.