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How to Carry Scars

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Olivia and her mother obsess over memories. For her mother, compulsion is a need to document everything in her life. To preserve. Olivia's urge is to revisit the scars of her body, as places of destruction. Yet, as Olivia grows up, she discovers that she cannot always rend memory from herself; it can burrow itself into places so deep that she can't make them bleed.
Paperback, 222 pages
Published 2018 by KERNPUNKT Press
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This is one of those books that locks your attention with not only the story but with the language. Green uses words in new ways. Articles of speech have new uses; an adjective may be a noun: "He had his brokens and I had mine..." This alchemy is perfectly effective as the character speaking is, indeed, broken.

A painful, original and beautiful novel.
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Poetic with plenty of room for the reader's imagination.
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Dana Green lives in Colorado with her husband, where she teaches English
and Creative Writing. Her writing has appeared in Lunch Ticket, Scissors & Spackle, NAP Magazine, among others. Danas collection of short stories, Sometimes the Air in the Room Goes Missing, was the Co-Winner of the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize. How to Carry Scars is her first novel.


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