By Myriam Gurba
Chicana. Goth. Dykling. Desiree Garcia is aware she’s bizarre and a weirdo magnet. To extinguish her strangeness, her mom and dad send her to Saint Michael’s Catholic highschool, then to Mexico, yet neurology can’t be snuffed out so simply: Screwy mind chemistry holds the major to Desiree’s insanity. As fellow crazies feel a kinship along with her, Desiree draws a coterie of either sought after and undesirable admirers, together with a couple of racist deathrock sisters, a gorgeous Hispanic woman who did time in California’s so much notorious psychological asylum, and a transnational stalker with a suggested limp.
As highschool commencement nears, Desiree’s weirdness turns from fascinating to alarming. affected by more and more extraordinary concepts and urges, Desiree convinces herself she’s schizophrenic, regardless of coverage another way. In collage, she reveals Rae, an ex-carnie trannyboi, who turns into the June Carter to her Johnny money. With Rae’s aid, Desiree solutions the riddle of her madness and names her disease.
Combining the spark of Michelle Tea, the comedian angst of Augusten Burroughs, and the heat of Sandra Cisneros, Mexican American writer Myriam Gurba has created a territory all her personal. Dahlia Season not just comprises the identify novella, but additionally a number of of Gurba’s acclaimed stories.
Myriam Gurba is a highschool instructor who lives in lengthy seashore, California, domestic of Snoop Dogg and the Queen Mary. She graduated from UC Berkeley, and her writing has seemed in anthologies like The most sensible American Erotica (St. Martin’s Press), Bottom’s Up (Soft cranium Press), Secrets and Confidences (Seal Press), and Tough Girls (Black Books).