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Dahlia Season: Stories and a Novella

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  112 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
Chicana. Goth. Dykling. Desiree Garcia knows she’s weird and a weirdo magnet. To extinguish her strangeness, her parents ship her to Saint Michael’s Catholic High School, then to Mexico, but neurology can’t be snuffed out so easily: Screwy brain chemistry holds the key to Desiree’s madness. As fellow crazies sense a kinship with her, Desiree attracts a coterie of both want ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Manic D Press, Inc.
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Andrea Quinlan
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dahlia Season is unlike any novel I have read before! So unique and brilliant. I am in love with Gurba's writing.
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd been meaning to read this book for a long time and I'm so glad I finally did--it made me happy. Can't wait to read more Myriam Gurba.
Richard Jespers
Nov 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
When I investigated the possibility of sending my story collection to Manic D Press, their policy stated that they wouldn’t even consider your manuscript unless you “read one of our books and consider whether your submission is appropriate for our company. In your cover letter, please tell us which book you have read and what you thought about it. Be specific.” Since I included a “correction” sheet of all the typos I found in this book with my own submission, I’ll probably never hear from the ed ...more
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
I bought this book based on its reviews here and the fact that it came up as a recommendation based on my love of Shirley Jackson and Mary Gaitskill. But it's nothing like them, except for maybe parts of the tale White Girl (the best part of this book.) I hate saying this, but I suspect a lot of the reviews here are friends or family of the writer.

If you don't mind A LOT of pop culture references and the lack of a real plot, you might enjoy this book. The lesbian themes were interesting but not
Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
"Dahlia Season" is brutally honest and raw. The book contains both the title novella, as well as a collection of the author's short stories...each and every one of them forced me to step outside of my stereotypical white girl world, and into the cultural chaos of these characters.

While the short stories are incredible, the main focus of the book is the novella, "Dahlia Season." The main character, Desiree Garcia is a Mexican American mess...she knows she is different, and as a result she is basi
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
There was a lot to like in the three short stories and novella that make up this book. The stories are primarily set in southern California’s conurbations and specifically in the Mexican-American community living there. Much of the gay literature I read is from a middle/upper class, white American or European point of view. The narrative perspective felt fresh if only because it took me inside what it’s like to be queer when you’re not growing up white in middle America’s suburbs. The writing is ...more
Aug 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: queerlyphrased
This was okay. The short stories seemed like they were channeling The IHOP Papers and Michelle Tea. I know Michelle Tea's all hot right now and Ali Liebgott is like, from sister spit and all hip and everything, but let me be clear that I'm not using this comparison in that complimentary way you see on the fronts of book jackets. I really can't stand Michelle Tea and her cadre of we're-so-tortured-because-we're-gay-and-therefore-we-are-so-postmodern-and-so-much-more-avant-garde-and-radical-than-y ...more
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
I differ from many previous commentators in that I thought the novella was underdeveloped and the short stories were well done. I can't recommend the stories to all my friends, though, because two of them feature a knife or gun used as a sex toy. They put the edge in "edgy."

All of the stories and the novella are about young adults/coming of age. Most are from a Chicana lesbian point of view, which is why I read the book and the main reason I enjoyed it. I think it's safe to say that I've never m
Lindy Loo
Sep 26, 2007 rated it liked it
I was expecting more, alas. The novella I thought was lovely. That I'd give 4-stars too. Was fascinating. Kept my interest. Had more depth to it. The short stories seemed a bit more flat to me. They didn't seem to give you enough time to sink into the diverse variety of characters narrating them. By the time I'd finally gotten a sense of them as people, the story was already over with. I appreciated the in-your-face abrasiveness of the storytelling. And I appreciated seeing lesbians and genderqu ...more
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
pretty much i am neglecting the book club read for this book which is awesome. a bunch of short stories and a novella. i once heard the author read from the novella and was loving the subject matter of the southern californian weirdo goth. now i am reading the short stories and i love them. i just read a gritty one about a boy whose girlfriend is preggo and trying to give herself an herbal abortion in high school. there was also one where the girl cross dresses to cruise gay boys. she is an awes ...more
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Hi, my name is Myriam and my hobbies include misinforming children and art. I wrote Dahlia Season (Manic D), Wish You Were Me (Future Tense), menudo & Herb (self-published), and A White Girl Named Shaquanda (self-published). I blog at lesbrain and at You can contact me if you plan on sending me money.
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