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Constantly surprising, these personal essays explore the attractions and dangers of intimacy and the violence that often arises in close relationships. Deulen’s artful storytelling and dialogue also draw the reader into complicated questions about class, race, and gender.

In “Aperture,” she considers how she has contributed to her autistic brother’s isolation from family and from the world. “Theft” investigates her mother’s romantic stories about conquistadors in the context of the Mexican heritage of her biracial family. Throughout the collection Deulen experiments formally, alternating traditional narrative with “still life” essays and collages that characterize a particular time, place, and sensibility.

Deulen is remarkable in her ability to present her own confusion and culpability, and she also writes with compassion for others, such as her own suicidal and unpredictable father or a boy in her class who sets the teacher’s hair on fire. In part because she herself so poorly fits the identities she might be assigned—white in appearance, she is in fact half Latina; raised in a poor neighborhood, she has acquired an education associated with the middle class—Deulen sees “otherness” as a useless category and the enemy of intimacy, which she embraces despite its risks.

The Riots seeks to create what Frost called “a momentary stay against confusion,” and Deulen investigates her own act of creation even as she uses the craft of writing to put parentheses around the chaos of continuous living.

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"Fierce, tender, explosively honest, Danielle Cadena Deulen's radiant debut sings like a prose poem and lingers like a fever dream. In the liminal world of The Riots, the face of a dead girl under the bridge worries a hole in your mind though you never see her, mercy shatters trust, and a boy's stuttering confession of love exposes his sister's crimes against him. Through the grace and devastation of shared memory, Deulen dares to know the dispossessed, to re-invent her father's life and try to save him as a child. She remembers what cannot be, transfiguring herself through the passion of desire." Melanie Rae Thon, author of In This Light

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"There are moments of transcendent prose in this manuscript that elevate it far beyond what we might expect of it at first blush. It manages to become more profound, and more beautiful, the more desperate and tragic its trajectory. Finally, it is a triumph of wisdom and great art." Luis Alberto Urrea, author of Into the Beautiful North

About the Author

Danielle Cadena Deulen is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Utah. Her essays are forthcoming in The Iowa Review and American Literary Review. Her poetry collection Lovely Asunder received the Miller Williams Arkansas Poetry Prize and will be published in spring 2011 by the University of Arkansas Press.

Table of Contents

Still Life with Flashing Lights

Theft

Aperture

Mercy

Early Adulthood

Soliloquies with Strangers

Still Life with Oaks

Intervention

Summer Pageant

Muse

Tornado

Still Life with Sparrow

After the Flood

Adolescence

Fainting

Still Life with Summer Wasps

The Riots

Cadena

Childhood

Still Life with Doldrums

Prodigal Daughter

Hindsight

Still Life with Unfinished House

A Momentary Stay Against Confusion

Acknowledgments

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akira, March 7, 2013 (view all comments by akira)
I wasn't surprised to read that she's also a published poet. She shifts her style around from piece to piece, but much of it is rhythmic and calls out to be performed. I particularly appreciated the earlier pieces and the one about the 1992 LA Riots and her experiences during the aftermath. She's had a tough time growing up and this is a powerful way to repurpose that negative energy. Highly recommended
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780820338835
Author:
Deulen, Danielle Cadena
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Subject:
Anthologies-Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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"Review" by , "Fierce, tender, explosively honest, Danielle Cadena Deulen's radiant debut sings like a prose poem and lingers like a fever dream. In the liminal world of The Riots, the face of a dead girl under the bridge worries a hole in your mind though you never see her, mercy shatters trust, and a boy's stuttering confession of love exposes his sister's crimes against him. Through the grace and devastation of shared memory, Deulen dares to know the dispossessed, to re-invent her father's life and try to save him as a child. She remembers what cannot be, transfiguring herself through the passion of desire."
"Review" by , "There are moments of transcendent prose in this manuscript that elevate it far beyond what we might expect of it at first blush. It manages to become more profound, and more beautiful, the more desperate and tragic its trajectory. Finally, it is a triumph of wisdom and great art."
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