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The Resource Crux : a cross-border memoir, Jean Guerrero

Crux : a cross-border memoir, Jean Guerrero

Label
Crux : a cross-border memoir
Title
Crux
Title remainder
a cross-border memoir
Statement of responsibility
Jean Guerrero
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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.
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
LBSOR/DLC
Dewey number
  • 362.29/13092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
HV5132
LC item number
.G84 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Label
Crux : a cross-border memoir, Jean Guerrero
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1007577245
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 324 pages
Isbn
9780399592393
Lccn
2017035196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1007577245
Label
Crux : a cross-border memoir, Jean Guerrero
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1007577245
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xx, 324 pages
Isbn
9780399592393
Lccn
2017035196
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)1007577245

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