Limited-run 2005 printing of the novella by Amra Brooks, which is
slated to be officially released in 2008 by
Suspect Thoughts Press Teenage Teardrops in an edition of 500.
This is a creative non-fiction book about growing up in California from
the mid-1970's to early 1990's with post-hippie punk rock divorced parents
who battle with depression and addiction. The story exists at a time
when the fields of orange trees were still there, and continuing until
they disappeared, the ideals vanishing.
"I am resistant to a linear coming of age story because I want
memory to serve as the organizing principle. In California, I
make an assertion that the way memory is typically used to tell stories
is insufficient. In memory, we are able to move forwards and backward
at the same amount of time, and events are not weighted by their place
in time, but by their emotional and psychological impact, which inevitably distorts or clarifies them. This organizing principal
quickly diffuses any attachment to the 'real' or the 'facts.' For these reasons, I choose to call this work fiction." —Amra
Paperback, 81 pages, edition of 100, self-published, 2005.
Paperback, 81 pages, edition of 500, published by Teardrops, 2008.