When she isn't eavesdropping on family gossip or gazing at taxidermy squirrels in smoky dives, Courtney Kersten charts the uncertainty of her midwestern homeland by looking to the stars and planets. As a teen she had plunged deep into the worlds of signs, symbols, and prophecy. But as her motherher traveling companion into these sphereslies dying, Kersten must learn to navigate without the person who always lit the way. Their last journey together, to swim in a Wisconsin lake, is a bittersweet, darkly comic, poignant climax to this transformative memoir.
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 16.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Courtney Kersten is an essayist and scholar. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, she teaches creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her essays can be found in River Teeth, Hotel Amerika, DIAGRAM, The Sonora Review, Black Warrior Review, and The Master's Review.
Table of Contents
Prologue The Axis Point Part One: The Retrograde Pre-Shadow Tarot Off Script Sally’s Chart Five Years The Lake Small Town Girls Signs Part Two: Retrograde Station Holes Viszontlátásra! WELCO Star Shit Moses Don’t—Tell—Dad Elvis Pawn It Richard Fish Virginia’s Closet Triple Pit Sing Freaks Prayer Blanket Commercials Eileen Say Hello to Your Grandparents Before They Fly Away! Actors Birthday Vicky Kneel Pit Gimme Four Hours Part Three: Retrograde Direct Station Wilma Our Stuff Vader Split Sarajevo Viktorijas Part Four: Post-Retrograde Shadow Plunge Acknowledgments