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Art by Maria Tomasula




With her sparks of truth and pain, her righteously transformative resiliency, Norma Liliana Valdez turns language and experience into a series of burning revelations. ~ Elizabeth Rosner, author of Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
The female body is a contested site from birth and over some lives and some stories, this vulnerability leads to a conspiracy of secrets and shame. Norma Liliana Valdez charts this path but also reclaims it with a heartbreaking lyric eye. ~ Carmen Giménez Smith, author of Be Recorder and 2019 National Book Award Finalist
In Preparing the Body, we learn that true desire includes a specific and special mourning of our bodies as we have learned to perceive them. Dinner will not come in this book. The mind is busy bracing her own body for bloom. ~ Sara Borjas, author of Heart Like a Window, Mouth Like a Cliff
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