Writers Read Presents Jean Guerrero
Join us for a reading and discussion with
Crux: A Cross-Border MemoirPreceded by open mic for original poetry and prose
Date: Tuesday, May 14, from 6:00 to 7:45 p.m.
Location: Fallbrook Library, 124 S Mission, Fallbrook
Jean Guerrero, an Emmy-winning investigative immigration reporter at KPBS in San Diego, won the PEN/FUSION Emerging Writers prize for CRUX: A Cross-Border Memoir (Penguin Random House, 2018). In this lyrical, haunting memoir, Guerrero tries to locate the border between truth and fantasy as she searches for explanations for her father’s erratic behavior. Refusing to accept an alleged schizophrenia diagnosis at face value, she takes his 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 Jean delves deeper and deeper into her family’s shadowy past, she 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.
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. Learn more about the author at www.jeanguerrero.com.
For more information, contact Kit-Bacon Gressitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 760-522-1064.