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Crux : a cross-border memoir

Author: Jean Guerrero
Publisher: New York : One World, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Autobiographies
Biography
Named Person: Jean Guerrero
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean Guerrero
ISBN: 9780399592393 0399592393
OCLC Number: 1007577245
Awards: 2016 PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers Prize.
Description: xx, 324 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: Jean Guerrero.

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"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."--Jacket.

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