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Nochita (City Lights/Sister Spit)by Dia Felix
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"Nochita shimmers with humor and delight, she burns with stark raving intelligence."—Mary Gaitskill
"In Nochita, Dia Felix builds an extraordinarily rich and inventive language to carry the kaleidoscopic point of view of her young protagonist. What a pleasure to open a book and find such exuberant and committed artistry. A stunning debut."—Janet Fitch
"There is a way some writers say hello on the first page that gets me excited to be in their conversation. Nochita has it with teeth!! I love this book and the weird strong eye it has on the world, melting clothes off bodies with a crème brulée torch. Nochita is quite the dance to read through, kind of like shaking a bad morning off and realizing you really love this world. Makes me smile, like Dia Felix writes, 'I think I can latch on to this machine now.”' BUY THIS BOOK, dont just stand there reading my fucking blurb!!"—CAConrad, author of The Book Of Frank
Daughter to a divorced new age guru, Nochita wanders through the cracks of California's counter-culture, half feral child, half absurdist prophet. When tragedy strikes she is sent to live with her father, a working-class cowboy with a fragile grasp on sobriety and a dangerously mean fiancée. Stuck with adults chillingly unable to care for her, Nochita takes to the streets, a runaway with nothing to run from, driven forward by desperation, hope, and an irrepressible wonder.
Nochita is a poetic novel dazzling in its detail, stylistically daring, by turns hallucinatory, darkly funny, and brutally real. At its heart is the singular voice of Nochita, tender and fierce, alone and alive and utterly unforgettable.
Dia Felix is a writer and filmmakerand an award-winning digital media producer for museums (SF Exploratorium, Museum of Arts and Design). She currently teaches and mentors teens in experimental documentary filmmaking. She is the founder and editor of Personality Press. Born and raised in California, she currently lives in New York. Nochita is her first book.
"Filmmaker Felix's debut novel explores the life of a young woman, Notchita or Chita, whose pleasant but unconventional childhood is disrupted by the death of her cool, hippie 'guru' mother. When Nochita goes to live with her alcoholic father Jorge and her overly sensitive stepmother Beverly, she gains a better understanding of his experiences in the Vietnam War, until his post-traumatic stress disorder forces Nochita to try to live on her own. Felix peppers the book with several interesting fragments — Nochita has a pet pig, meets outsiders like herself, experiments with drugs, makes discoveries about her sexuality, finds unusual employment as a cigarette girl, and learns to cope with death. There are also some darkly funny moments but ultimately the book seems invested with showing us the strange and dazzling people in Nochita's life rather than giving us time to understand and experience these characters. As a result, there is no emotional pay-off at the end. Even the book's central tensions — Nochita's conflicted longings (she desires normalcy yet she constantly seeks adventure) — aren't fully explored. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A poetic debut novel, formally experimental, by turns hallucinatory, darkly funny and brutally real. Nochita is tender, fierce, and unforgettable.
About the Author
Dia Felix is a writer and filmmaker. She has written for numerous blogs including the Museum of Arts and Design, and has performed her work at many venues including Segue Series and Dixon Place. She is an award-winning digital media producer for museums (Exploratorium, Museum of Arts and Design) and teaches and mentors teens in experimental documentary filmmaking at Reel Works teen filmmaking continuum in Brooklyn. She is also the founder and editor of Personality Press. Born and raised in California, she lives in New York.
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