Burst (Hardcover)

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Longlisted for the 2024 Joyce Carol Oates Prize

Winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal - Literary Fiction

Featured on PBS NewsHour

Named by Good Morning America, New York Post, and Los Angeles Daily News as one of the Best Books of Spring 2023

A deeply moving debut novel from the award-winning author of Yes, Yes, Cherries ("Funny, brave, and amazing"--Lorrie Moore) that explores the relationship complexities between mothers and daughters, the desire to escape, and the longing to connect. Viva has always found ways to manage her mother's impulsive, eccentric and addictive personality. She's had to--for her entire life, it has always been Viva and Charlotte against the world. After accidentally discovering an innate ability for dance, Viva chases her new passion with the same fervor with which her mother chases the bottle. Over the years, Viva's talent becomes a ticket to a life of her own, and as she moves further away from home to pursue her dream, Charlotte struggles to make peace with her own past as a failed artist and the effects of her addiction. When tragedy strikes, Viva begins a downward spiral and must decide whether she will repeat her mother's mistakes or finally take control of her life. Told from interwoven perspectives with lyrical prose as deft as a choreographed dance.

About the Author

Mary Otis is the author of the short story collection Yes, Yes, Cherries. Her fiction, essays, and poetry have been published in Best New American Voices, Electric Literature, Tin House, Zyzzyva, McSweeney's, Bennington Review, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, and many other literary journals and anthologies. She has taught fiction at UCLA and was a founding professor in the UC Riverside Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Originally from the Boston area, Mary lives in Los Angeles. www.maryotis.com
Product Details
ISBN: 9798985282825
Publisher: Zibby Books
Publication Date: April 4th, 2023
Pages: 278
Language: English