Crux : a cross-border memoir / Jean Guerrero.
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|Detroit Lakes Public Library||921 GUE (Text)||33500012770418||New||Available||-|
- ISBN: 9780399592393
- ISBN: 0399592393
- Physical Description: xx, 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : One World, 
- Copyright: ©2018
|Formatted Contents Note:|| The road to Xibalba -- House of darkness -- House of razors -- House of jaguars -- House of fire -- House of bats.
Part I: The road to Xibalba. The summons ; La Misión ; VHS vortex ; Días de los muertos ; Curative books ; Fat flies ; Brain implant -- Part II: House of darkness. Fertility ; Maternity -- Part III: House of razors. Wicca ; Self-fulfilling prophecy ; Fairy-tale neurons -- Part IV: House of cold. Curse ; CIA torture ; Flight -- Part V: House of jaguars. El monstruo ; Blood Eden ; Drowned -- Part VI: House of fire. The root -- Part VII: House of bats. Larvae ; The devil's tick ; Chamán -- Caxcan: an epilogue.
|Summary, etc.:|| "A daughter's quest to understand her charismatic and troubled father, an immigrant who crosses borders both real and illusory--between sanity and madness, science and spirituality, life and death. ¿Papi, dónde estás? Throughout Jean Guerrero's childhood, her father, Marco Antonio, was an erratic and elusive presence. A self-taught genius at fixing, creating, and conjuring things--and capable of transforming himself into a shaman, dreamcaster, or animal whisperer in his enchanted daughter's eyes--he gradually began to lose himself in his peculiar obsessions, careening wildly between reality and hallucination. In time, he fled his family and responsibilities--to Asia, Europe, and eventually back to Mexico. He succumbed to drug- and alcohol-fueled manias, while suffering the effects of what he said were CIA mind-control experiments. As soon as she was old enough, Jean set out after him. Now a journalist, she used the tools of her trade to find answers to the questions he left behind. In this lyrical, haunting memoir, Jean Guerrero tries to locate the border between truth and fantasy as she searches for explanations for her father's behavior. Refusing to accept an alleged schizophrenia diagnosis at face value, she takes Marco Antonio's dark paranoia seriously and investigates all his wildest claims. She crisscrosses the Mexican-American border to unearth the stories of cousins and grandparents and discovers a chain of fabulists and mystics in her lineage, going back to her great-great-grandmother, a clairvoyant curandera who was paid to summon spirits from the afterlife. As she delves deeper and deeper into her family's shadowy past, Jean begins mirroring her father's self-destructive behavior. She risks death on her adventures, imperiling everything in her journey to redeem her father from the underworld of his delusions. In the tradition of engrossing family memoirs like The Liar's Club and The Glass Castle, Crux is both a riveting adventure story and a profoundly original exploration of the human psyche, the mysteries of our most intimate relationships--and ourselves."--Dust jacket.
|Awards Note:|| 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 June #1
The diagnosis was schizophrenia. But Guerrero, a journalist who had watched her father's erratic behavior her entire life, found reason to doubt mental illness was the root of his problem. Instead, as she describes in this searching memoir, she wondered if there could be some truth to his claims that the CIA had targeted him, a crack addict, for experiments. Getting to the truth, particularly as it concerns her father, was no easy task. Guerrero investigated not only her father's seemingly wild claims but also the history of his life growing up in Mexico, his escape as a teenager to the U.S., and how he built up a business and wooed her mother, only to act in increasingly troubling ways until her mother forced him to leave when Guerrero was six years old. With a potent combination of anguish and hope, a child's faith and an adult's cynicism, Guerrero's search for answers further builds up the mystery surrounding this central figure in her life and explores the many borders, both physical and mystical, that her father transcends. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.
Jean Guerrero, winner of the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize, is the Fronteras reporter for KPBS, the NPR and PBS affiliate in San Diego, reporting on cross-border issues for radio and TV. She has also worked for The Wall Street Journal, won several prestigious reporting awards, and has an MFA from Goucher College.
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