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Where I Stay

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Fiction. In the process of constantly disappearing, the unhinged, unmoored and unnamed narrator of WHERE I STAY travels through a cracked North America, stalked by his own future self and the whispers of a distant love. From Arco, Idaho, to Mexico City, he flees along the highways and dirt roads of a landscape filled with characters in transition: squatters, survivalists, ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Tarpaulin Sky Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jun 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: readers w/ soft eyes
Recommended to John by: Tarpaulin Sky Press
WHERE I STAY, gimme a break. Andrew Zonorza's handsome book -- & its very bookness sticks (I mean this as a compliment) in my craw; it’s some indefinable compendium of photo album, travel diary, & prayer journal–- but, whatever, WHERE I STAY stays: now on the bedside table & now among the oh-so-important stuff of my desktop. I’ve caught the virus, Zornoza’s special strain of American wanderlust. Every other page here presents a photo of some bleak-scape of these ragtag States, in mos ...more
Paula Koneazny
After a first reading, I wasn't sure; upon a second reading, I was won over completely by Andrew Zornoza's "novel" Where I Stay. "Novel" in quotes because I believe that to be the author's preference, although to my mind the book is much more indeterminate than such a label suggests. It could easily be a series of prose poems. Perhaps the book qualifies as a novel because there is a single, unique point of view, a narrator who is also the protagonist throughout. While, in disarray & dishevel ...more
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is an cryptic collection of random thoughts, experiences, and photographs of the author's fictional journey through the Western US and Mexico. This definitely isn't the scenic route: Zornoza's travels take him to the edge of urban life, mainly concentrating on the rough roads and deserted highways that have been left in the past by time and progress. The landscape is grey, gritty, and jagged: much like the words he chooses to describe his interactions and his reactions to it all.

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Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Andrew Zornoza's Where I Stay bills itself as a "photo novel," meaning that text and images are combined here to produce one unified fictional narrative tale. And I have to say, although I found the written part only so-so (a sort of rambling Jack-Kerouac-meets-Studs-Turkel tale about the freaks and loser
Nov 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Haunting and bleak. Never really felt a momentum, despite the progression forward in time with each entry. Perhaps that's the point -- moving forward and staying the same. And then with the final entry, you get a totally different sense -- staying put and moving forward in life. The writing was okay, some great parts, but many parts felt flat, or monotone. Again, perhaps that's the point. The photos were great, and integrated well. The book itself is really quite a lovely object. I love when sma ...more
Jul 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
This is my cousin Andrew's most recent book. It tells the story of an unnamed narrator struggling to create order out of memories. Although it does detail travels in the west, southwest, and Mexico, the book is consciously non-narrative. It is quiet. It is contemplative. It is very Andrew Zornoza.
Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it
road novel of the experimental variety. reminds me somebody else's book, but i cannot remember who. stories combined with the pictures combined with the poems are chilling.
May 17, 2009 rated it liked it
Really, a 3.5. I love the concept and the book as a whole, but there was something that seemed to be missing throughout.
May 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I'll write a micro-review of this book on my blog sometime in the near future.

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Andrew Zornoza is a writer and photographer. He is author of the novel "Where I Stay." His short fiction and essays have appeared in Gastronomica, Sleepingfish, Confrontation, CapGun, and Matter Magazine, among many others. He has taught at Gotham Writers' Workshop and in Parsons Design & Technology MFA program. Born in Houston, Texas, he was educated at Princeton University. He currently work ...more
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