Connie Zamora assumes that what she captures on film is a preservation of her memory—until one of her news photographs sets off disturbing accusations. In an illogical attempt to normalize her life, she takes a job with a theater group. As Connie struggles to belong to this new world, the lines separating truth from perception and dream from delusion become precariously blurred. Faced with another controversy over a photo, one that may prove arson, she is swept into the mystery at hand. But unraveling what took lace only leads to the unraveling of Connie’s own life—and possibly her grip on reality itself.
“The only surprise about the high quality of the writing here is that Cris Mazza is not yet a best-selling novelist.” —Ron Sukenick
“Mazza’s second novel, a follow-up to her PEN Nelson Algren Award-winning How to Leave a Country (1992), is a fascinating, unsettling tale, told by an untrustworthy narrator whose perceptions shift and dance manically. Connie, the narrator, is a former newspaper photographer trying to escape her past by joining the pit band of a touring musical-theater company. . . . Mazza masterfully interweaves Connie’s desire to become totally invisible through her photography (the news photographer is always on the scene but never part of the action) with her need to relate to other people. She also successfully animates the inner life of her thoroughly passive narrator. Mazza hasn’t received much popular recognition to date, but this novel could quickly change that.” —Booklist