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4.86  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Published in The Atlas Review Chapbook Series, this essay chronicles the author's return to Lisbon years after experiencing a violent event and her struggle to piece together memories and elusive facts.
Paperback, 1st edition, 41 pages
Published 2019 by The Atlas Review

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Sarah
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to review personal experience. Harder again to not imbue the review with your own experiences. But chances are, I will do this regardless.

"I didn't lose anything personal except perhaps the myth that blonde princesses live, well, happily ever after" (9).

Yellow City follows Ellena's 2017 return to Lisbon, to uncover the results of a crime committed against her eleven years prior. The chapbook explores the ebbs and errs of memory, of self-hood and freedom. Sexual assault. Where perpetr
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Sonia Nair
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The brevity of this essay belies the expansiveness of Ellena's ideas and the breadth of what she covers, from living through and in the aftermath of trauma to the fallibility of memory. The last page took my breath away as Ellena upended everything I thought I knew and pulled the rug out from under me with an unparalleled deftness.
Jamie Perez
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a great memoir chapbook — if that’s such a thing. The right amount of character and thought and setting and action. Very interior but not circling its belly button. Does that make sense? It’s a couple hours read (tops) and you’ll like it.
Veronica
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ellena is a very very very very good writer and this essay shows precisely why. Read it.
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