"The wit and glittering intelligence of these stories is a kind of haunting in full daylight: the loss enacted in these stories ends up being filled by a spectacular humanity, by love for language, for light, and love for her deftly drawn characters. This book as a whole is an unexpected act of love."
author of LIGHT WIND LIGHT LIGHT
Tina May Hall
author of PHYSICS OF IMAGINARY OBJECTS
"Dana Green’s debut novel is a marvelously nuanced meditation on loss and desire and how one captures the intimacies of mourning. The mother-daughter relationship here is powerfully disturbing, a lyrical portrait of damage and love, a delicate exposure of the ways generations make memory into legacy. The novel is itself a beautiful scrapbook, filled with moments of pain and resilience. Just as the protagonist is preoccupied with keeping her wounds open, the writing here inflicts gorgeous rifts in our understanding of how the world works. The intensity of observation, the flashes of wit, and the razor-sharp attention to language create a series of unforgettable snapshots of a young woman who is fighting for control of her own identity, even as she plumbs the depths of her mother’s obsession and puzzles out “the fortune of leftovers.” The result is a haunting story of how the instantaneous lingers. The book is an incantation for the moment, the ephemeral, the half-healed scars that make a life."
How to Carry Scars
Olivia and her mother obsess over memories. For her mother, compulsion is a need to document everything in her life. To preserve. Olivia's urge is to revisit the scars of her body, as places of destruction. Yet, as Olivia grows up, she discovers that she cannot always rend memory from herself; it can burrow itself into places so deep that she can't make them bleed.
Dana Green lives in Colorado with her husband, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at the Early College of Arvada. Her writing has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Scissors & Spackle, among others. Dana’s collection of short stories, Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, was the Co-Winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. This is her first novel.