Writers Read Presents Jean Guerrero

Join us for a reading and discussion with

 

Jean Guerrero

author of

Crux: A Cross-Border Memoir

Preceded 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 kbgressitt@gmail.com or 760-522-1064.